City Hall and all other City facilities are closed to the public as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. The closures will be effective after 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, and will continue through May 15, 2020. City staff will continue to report to their offices and serve the public. Residents are encouraged to conduct City business online or by contacting individual City departments directly. Residents who are unsure how to conduct their City business may contact the City’s customer service hotline from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 515.239.5670.

The 3 P's

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

We get it, it’s not always socially acceptable to talk about poop and pee in public. But, poop, pee, toilets, and toilet paper are our business.

Don’t get us wrong; around the office and the wastewater plant, we call it things like influent, effluent, solid waste, organic materials, and ammonia waste.  It just sounds classier.  But, in reality, it is all just natural waste from our bodies and the “paper” we use to clean ourselves with. 

think before ou flush



There are many household items that people flush that shouldn’t be put in the toilet:



Dental floss

Cotton swabs

Cotton balls


Fats, Oils, or Grease

Uneaten food scraps

Coffee grounds

Feminine hygiene products


Nail clippings

“Flushable” wipes

Baby wipes

Any kind of wipes



Cigarette/Cigar butts

Kitty Litter (Even "Flushable" types)

Cleaning Products


Medical Waste





 ^Actual items flushed^

But, just because it DOES go down the drain, doesn’t mean it SHOULD go down! 


The ONLY things you should put in the toilet are the 3 P’s:


POOP poop emoji


TOILET PAPER toilet-icon-png-14018


When you flush anything other than the 3 P’s down, they do not biodegrade the same way that the 3 P’s do.  Check out this video, "Will It Flush?" from our friends at WEF.


You see, most toilet paper is specially made to break down in the sewers and septic systems, along with poop and pee. Everything else will either clog your pipes ($$$), the City’s pipes, or work its way to the wastewater plant where it may have to be manually removed from screens and filters.  This costs extra money to the City which eventually means higher sewer rates for you!




Free viewers are required for some of the attached documents.
They can be downloaded by clicking on the icons below.

Acrobat Reader Download Acrobat Reader Flash Player Download Flash Player Windows Media Player Download Windows Media Player Microsoft Silverlight Download Microsoft Silverlight Word Viewer Download Word Viewer Excel Viewer Download Excel Viewer PowerPoint Viewer Download PowerPoint Viewer