Waterloo Tops the List for Lowest Water & Sewer Rates in Iowa

The City of Waterloo, once again, is the low-price leader for combined water and sewer bills among the largest ten cities in Iowa. The ranking comes from the City of Ames 2023 Water and Sewer Rate Report. 

The Waterloo Water Works Board of Trustees is sharing the findings of the latest annual survey that compares water and sewer rates in Iowa communities with a population over 10,000. Waterloo’s combined water and sewer rates are the lowest for residents and businesses alike.

2023 RatesWaterloo residential rates are the lowest in the State of Iowa based on six CCF which is 600 cubic feet (4,488 gallons). This is the average per month consumption across residential accounts in Waterloo. Waterloo’s combined water and sewer rate for the average consumer was $47.55 per month in 2023.

Waterloo commercial rates are the lowest among the State’s ten largest comparable cities and third lowest overall 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.

The Waterloo Water Works Board of Trustees, Waste Management Services and the Waterloo City Council continue to find ways to keep rates low and attractive for both businesses and residential uses, while continually investing in replacing and updating the infrastructure for the future.

“High-quality, low-cost water and sewer services continue to give Waterloo a competitive advantage in attracting new residents and businesses alike,” says Mayor Quentin Hart, City of Waterloo. “These are critical assets to our community we should never take for granted.”

In addition to low rates based on volume, Waterloo’s Surcharge Rates for treating high strength industrial wastewater are very competitive. Industrial users often discharge wastewater, which because of its characteristics, requires more costly treatment than that of normal strength wastewater. These extra treatment costs are referred to as Surcharge Rates. When compared to other large cities capable of treating high strength industrial waste, Waterloo’s surcharge rates rank among the best in the State.

Methodology and past surveys can be found by clicking the link below. 

Water rate questions can be directed to Chad Coon, Waterloo Water Works General Manager by email Chad.Coon@Waterloo-IA.org or by phone 319-232-6280.
Sewer rate questions can be directed to Randy Bennett, Public Works Director by email Randy.Bennett@Waterloo-IA.org or by phone 319-291-4445.