Waterloo Water and Sewer Rates Among the Lowest in Iowa

(Waterloo, IA 2.9.2022) The Waterloo Water Works Board of Trustees is pleased to share the findings of the 2021 City of Ames Water and Waste Water Rate Survey.  The annual survey compares water rates in Iowa communities with a population above 10,000. Once again Waterloo has the lowest combined rates for the 10 largest cities in Iowa and is among the lowest for ALL communities in Iowa. 

Waterloo residential water rates are the second lowest in the State of Iowa based on 6 CCF which is 600 cubic feet (4,488 gallons). This is the average per month consumption across residential accounts in Waterloo.

Waterloo commercial rates are the lowest among the State’s largest comparable cities and third lowest overall are based on 1000 CCF, or 100,000 cubic feet (748,000 gallons). This is the largest volume shown in this survey and most comparable to Waterloo’s industrial customers.

Waterloo’s sewer rates are also impressive.

Waterloo ranks second lowest among Iowa’s largest cities, and fifth overall in the state in residential sewer rates.

For high-flow industrial users (above 750,000 Gallons/day), Waterloo ranks second lowest among Iowa’s largest cities and fifth overall in the State. Keep in mind that this charge is for FLOW ONLY.

Industrial Users often discharge wastewater, which because of is characteristics, require more costly treatment than that of normal strength wastewater. These extra treatment costs are referred to as surcharge rates. Waterloo’s Surcharge Rates Compared to other large Cities capable of treating high strength waste rank among the best in the state.

“Waterloo’s high quality, low cost water and sewer services give us a competitive advantage in attracting new residents and businesses,” says Mayor Quentin Hart. “These are critical assets to our community we often take for granted. I commend the leadership in these departments, both past and present, for their commitment to providing superior services while maintaining low rates.”

According to the City of Ames website, Ames has been conducting the survey for almost 20 years.

Click here to see the Iowa Rate Comparison Chart.

Methodology and past surveys can be found at  https://www.cityofames.org/government/departments-divisions-i-z/water-pollution-control/rates-and-structure/annual-water-sewer-rate-survey-report

Questions regarding water rates may be directed to Chad Coon, Director Waterloo Waterworks by email to Chad.Coon@Waterloo-IA.org or by calling (319) 232-6280.

Questions regarding sewer rates may be directed to Randy Bennett, Director of Waterloo Public Works by email to Randy.Bennett@Waterloo-IA.org or by calling 319-291-4445.