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Water Conservation in the City of Ames

In 2007, record-high water usage led to planning for a new water plant and revisions to the rate structure in 2008.  During the summer months, in both 2006 and 2007, usage exceeded previous record water usage on multiple occasions.

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 2007, record-high water usage led to planning for a new water plant and revisions to the rate structure in 2008.  During the summer months, in both 2006 and 2007, usage exceeded previous record water usage on multiple occasions.

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.

In 2007, record-high water usage led to planning for a new water plant and revisions to the rate structure in 2008.  During the summer months, in both 2006 and 2007, usage exceeded previous record water usage on multiple occasions.

 

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.

To learn more about LEED certification, click here. 

 

 

 

 

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