Northeast Kansas Environmental Service (NEKES) represents an environmental coalition of five County Governments in Northeast Kansas and provides enforcement of local, state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and codes that address environmental concerns in the affected counties. The counties are Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson and Nemaha. NEKES reports to the five County Commissions and is administrated by the Directors of the five County Health Departments.
One of the programs that NEKES has responsibility for is the Wastewater Management Program. NEKES designs, approves and permits all onsite private wastewater management systems in the five counties. Part of that program requires Installers of wastewater management systems to be licensed by NEKES. NEKES also provides an annual training conference for the approximately 100 licensed Installers and the 15 licensed Wastewater Haulers that conduct business in Northeast Kansas.