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.