Water Treatment Plant

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We pride ourselves on our water quality. 

Water Treatment Provided For:

  • More than 18,000 homes and businesses in Ames
  • National Centers for Animal Health (National Animal Disease Center, National Veterinary Services Laboratories)
  • Iowa State University campus.
  • Water is also sold to Xenia Rural Water District.

Ames water source is the Ames Aquifer, which we access through wells located around the City.  We treat the water for safety and to taste great!

The Water Distribution System consists of:

More than 248 miles of mains, ranging in size from 4" to 24".
More than 2,785 hydrants are available for fire protection.
The water mains and hydrants are serviced by the City of Ames Public Works Department.

Average Residential Usage and Cost:

The average single-family home in Ames uses about 160 gallons of water each day. At the price of 3.5 gallons for one penny, this means a water bill of less than 50 cents a day for the average family. At 50 gallons per person per day, a family of three uses approximately 4,500 gallons (or 600 cubic feet) of water per month.

Revenue from water customers pays all costs of the water utility, including the new construction needed to keep pace with our growing city. No tax funds are used for any part of the Ames water utility operation!



Water Plant

Water Treatment Plant
300 East 5th Street
Building 1
Ames, IA 50010

Phone: 515-239-5150
Fax: 515-239-5251
Superintendent:  Lyle Hammes





Last Updated: December 21, 2016




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