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Council Bluffs Water Works

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Monday, July 22, 2019 10:44 AM
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Welcome to the official website for Council Bluffs Water Works. Click on the links to the left for information about our Organization.

Our Mission

The Council Bluffs Water Works is committed to providing the best possible service while supplying adequate quantities of high quality tap water to meet all the domestic, industrial and fire protection needs of our customers and community.


Please click on the following link for information on: Lead in Drinking Water,Click here for: Local Test Results.


Hamilton Associates, P.C., a Council Bluffs, Iowa accounting firm, April 10, 2019 released an audit report on the Council Bluffs City Water Works in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Water Work's revenues totaled $12,339,555 for the year ended December 31, 2018 a decrease of 1.2% from the prior year, including $11,481,829 in water sales, $145,076 in rentals, and $715,650 in other revenue. Operating expenses totaled $11,445,002 for the year ended December 31, 2018 which was consistent with the prior year. Included in this amount were $4,381,218 for water purification, maintenance and distribution costs, $3,546,690 for general, administrative, and customer accounting costs, and $3,517,094 for depreciation. A copy of the audit report is available for review in the Office of Auditor of State and the Council Bluffs City Water Works.

****2019 Hydrant Party Schedule****

The 2019 Council Bluffs Fire Department hydrant lineup is set, offering a chance for children to have some fun and stay cool this summer. The Council Bluffs Water works provides the water for the parties and Centris Federal Credit Union is sponsoring the parties. Free books every Thursday from the Council Bluffs Public Library! Each hydrant party will begin at 1:30 p.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer . Please click on the following link for information on: Fire Hydrant Parties

****Attention Customers****

We are once again proud to present our annual water quality report covering all testing performed between January 1 and December 31, 2018. Over the years,we have dedicated ourselves to producing drinking water that meets all state and federal standards. We are committed to delivering the best-quality water possible. Please remember that we are always available should you ever have any questions or concerns about your water. Thank you for allowing us to continue providing you and your family with high-quality drinking water. Please click on the following link to review the report: 2019 Water Quality Report

****Water Outages****

There are two types of water outages: scheduled and emergency. Scheduled outages include outages required for maintenance, repair, or alteration of the system. Emergency outages include water main breaks or system damage.

In the case of a scheduled outage every attempt will be made to notify all affected customers. Typically, crews will go door-to-door the day prior to the scheduled outage. If there is no answer a door hanger will be left.

Main Breaks

If a main break occurs in your neighborhood, our crews work quickly to make the repair and restore water service. Due to the urgency of such situations, our crews make the repair process their top priority. Occasionally, this means water service may be interrupted for periods of time without prior notification.

When the Water Comes Back On

There may be air in your water service piping when the water is turned back on. It is a good idea to run water from a faucet that does not have an aerator screen immediately following a water outage. Bathtubs and hosed bibs are good candidates. Open faucets slowly to allow the air to escape. Air will make a spurting or hissing sounds as it escapes through the faucet. Once the water is flowing, allow the faucet to run for a minute or two. The water may be cloudy at first due to air or particles that dislodged as the pipes filled with water. This should clear fairly quickly. If water is cloudy throughout the house and it does not clear after allowing the water to run for several minutes, contact the Council Bluffs Water Works at 712.328.1006 for assistance.

If kitchen or bathroom faucets do not perform normally following a water outage it may be necessary to remove the aerator screen. Typically, the aerator can simply be unscrewed from the faucet. Inspect the screen for small particles and rinse away any you find. Reinstall the aerator and test the performance of the faucet again. If you experience difficulties such as low pressure thoughout the house following a water outage call Council Bluffs Water Works at 712.328.1006 for assistance.


Currently, there are no outages at this time.