Lead in Drinking Water: 

We have added a section to our website about lead in drinking water.  We understand that people are concerned about this news-worthy topic and want to reassure customers of the Ames water utility of the quality of Ames water and also answer any questions our residents may have. Please click the following link to enter the Lead in Drinking Water Section here.  


Recent Events:

Wednesday, May 18 - 10:00 AM
The Ames Water Utility held a press conference announcing an information campaign touting the safety of Ames water and the very low risk for lead contamination. It was held at 10:00 AM in the Ames City Council Chambers at 515 Clark Avenue.

If you were unable to attend our press conference, here is our press release.


Our Vision
"Every City of Ames Water and Pollution Control Department employee commits to continually earning the trust and confidence of our community by demonstrating dependability, professionalism and leadership in our mission to protect public health and the environment."

Who We Are

The Water & Pollution Control Department consists of five divisions: Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, Water Meter, Water/Wastewater Laboratory, and Administrative.

What We Do

From your toilets and sinks to the sewers and streams, we ensure Ames has quality water. The water you drink goes through many processes before it lands in your cup.

The process starts by collecting water from Squaw and Skunk River Valley shallow groundwater aquifers (or underground layers of water) and treating the water, making it potable (drinkable). Once treated, the water is distributed throughout the City into homes and businesses. The cycle is then completed when water from your showers, sinks, and toilets enters the sewer system and travels to the wastewater facility where it is treated before returning to the lakes and streams, creating a healthy environment.

Aside from providing and treating water, the Water and Pollution Control Department also maintains the City’s water meters and operates the first laboratory in Iowa certified by the IDNR for water and wastewater regulatory analyses.


John R. Dunn, Director
Water & Pollution Control Department
300 E. 5th Street
Ames, IA 50010
Phone:  515-239-5150
Fax:    515-239-5251
Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM, M-F


Last Updated: April 19, 2016

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