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: January 26, 2016

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