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Water Conservation in the City of Ames

The City of Ames is committed to providing clean, safe, and great-tasting water to the residents and businesses of Ames, Iowa.  In addition to this, the Water and Pollution Control Department (W&PC) is devoted to promoting water conservation and guiding customers to find ways they are able to save water.

In response to the peak usage in 2007-2008, W&PC launched the SmartWater Campaign.  This campaign encourages water-saving actions by bringing water education to the public, along with taking part in City events with our 300-gallon water trailer.

Avg Day Water Demand 2016


How the City of Ames Conserves

Rain gardens are a great way to decrease water use.  These gardens are planted near a runoff source to capture rain water, instead of using tap water.  The City has planted our own rain gardens in multiple locations: Library, City Hall, and the Water Plant. 

CyRide included a LEED certification* into the expansion of its facilities and a roof water collection system that is used to water the property landscapes. 

The new water plant is including LEED certification* in its construction as well.

*Find more information on LEED certification and what it means.

Why Should You Conserve Water?

We need water in order to survive, so much that we are consuming fresh, cleaned water faster than it can be treated and naturally replenished.

  • Help the environment.  Water conservation allows more water for fish and other animals.
  • More drinking water - and you ease the burden on wastewater treatment plants.  The less water you send down the drain, the less work these plants have to do to make water clean again.
  • Save energy.  The less water you use, the less water and energy the water plant uses to treat and move the water to you, as well as less energy your family uses for a water pump or water heaters.
  • Save money.  Your family pays for all of the water you use.  The less water you use, the less you have to pay for!

City Rebates That Promote Water Conservation

Rain Barrel Rebate Application Program Form (PDF)

How to Build Your Own Rain Barrel (opens in IDNR website)

Rain Garden Rebate Form (PDF)

Rain Garden Step-by-Step Installation (PDF)


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