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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.


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.





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