Water & Pollution Control

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What does Water & Pollution Control 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.


What divisions are in the Water & Pollution Control Department?

Water Treatment Plant

 New Water Treatment Plant located at 1800 E. 13th Street in Ames, IA
1800 E. 13th Street
Ames, Iowa 50010
Superintendent: Lyle Hammes
Click here to email Lyle at lhammes@cityofames.org

Assistant Superintendent: Gary Eshelman
Click here to email Gary at geshelman@cityofames.org

Water Pollution Control Facility

56797 280th Street
Ames, Iowa 50010

Superintendent: Jim McElvogue
Click here to email Jim at jmcelvogue@cityofames.org

Assistant Superintendent: Joe Krebs
Click here to email Joe at jkrebs@cityofames.org

Water Meter Division

Technical Services Building which houses the water meter and lab divisions at 300 E 5th Street

300 E. 5th Street
Ames, Iowa 50010

Supervisor: David Blumer
Click here to email David at dblumer@cityofames.org

Laboratory Services Division

City of Ames Lab in the laboratory at 300 E. 5th Street

300 E. 5th Street
Ames, Iowa 50010

Supervisor: Maryann Ryan
Click here to email Maryann at mryan@cityofames.org

Administration Division

New Water Treatment Plant entrance to Admin offices at 1300 E. 13th

1800 E. 13th Street
Ames, Iowa 50010

Director: John Dunn
Click here to email John at jdunn@cityofames.org

Assistant Director: Neil Weiss
Click here to email Neil at nweiss@cityofames.org

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