City Declares Water Conservation Emergency

On July 13, 2020, the City of Huxley approved an ordinance regarding Water Conservation in the city limits.   Huxley City Council declared a water conservation emergency under Chapter 90 of the Huxley Code of Ordinances.

This means that conditions exist where production at our water treatment plant is unable to keep up with the current water demand. Dry weather conditions and high volume usage are contributors to the need for enacting this water conservation emergency.

For now, what can you do as a Huxley resident or business owner to help?

Avoid non-essential water usage until the conservation declaration is lifted! Irrigating lawns, filling swimming pools and washing cars are activities that drive water usage peaks. As Huxley water customers, conservation is key and conservation is up to us.

For further details please read the city’s Water Conservation ordinance.

Questions? Contact Huxley City Hall at 515-597-2561.

 

Tips for Water Conservation

What is Water Conservation?  Water conservation is the practice of using water efficiently to reduce unnecessry water usage.  Water conservation is important because fresh, clean water is a limited resource, as well as a costly one.  Water conservation is more important than ever.  Below are a few tips to reduce your water footprint:

1)  Use the right amount of water for each load of laundry. Typically 15-40 percent of  indoor home water use comes from doing laundry.
2)  Water plants wisely. Water your lawn or garden in the morning or late in the evening so the water lasts and is not immediately evaporated by the hot sun.
3)  Install a low-flow showerhead.  With a low-flow showerhead, you  can save 15 gallons of water during a 10 minute shower.
4)  Check for and repair leaks.  An average of 10,000 gallons of water is wasted every year due to household leaks.
5)  Use a dishwasher.  Dishwashing accounts for less than 2 percent of indoor water use, but using a machine is actually more water efficient than hand washing,especially if your run full loads.
6)  TURN OFF THE WATER.  Teach your whole household to turn off the faucet while brushing teeth or shaving.  Every little bit of conservation helps!
7)  Defrost food in the refrigerator instead of running frozen foods under hot water from the faucet.

8)  One of  the best water conservation tips out there, with possibly the largest impact, is a simple one:  take showers instead of baths.  Baths may be relaxing and enjoyable, but it takes more than 78 gallons of water to fill a tub.  Showers are a more water efficient way to bathe.

The City of Huxley urges residents to do their best to help conserve water.  Every drop counts!!

Next Tree Branch Drop-Off Date: Saturday, October 17th

To assist homeowners with the disposal of branches, the City will hold its next free branch drop-off day on Saturday, October 17th at the Huxley Public Works facility at 601 Oak Blvd.  Residents can drop off branches from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Feel free to call 597-2561 with any questions or concerns.

Below is the schedule for free branch drop off days in Ames. 

No Charge Yard Waste Days will be held this Fall on October 31st, November 7th, 21st and 28th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at GreenRU (formerly Chamness Technology), at 400 Freel Drive in east Ames.  Residents may dispose of yard waste (including brush) at no charge during this event.  Commercial customers will not receive free service these days, but may still pay to use the site.

Those participating in No Charge Yard Waste Days are asked to enter the site from Dayton Road west onto SE 5th Street, north on Freel Drive to the site, and exit to the north on Freel Drive to Lincoln Way. Participants should follow GreenRU’s rules for proper yard waste disposal. For additional information or questions, call GreenRU at 515-450-0450 and leave a message.

Yard waste is not accepted at the Resource Recovery Plant (RRP).

Public Comment Sought on the Iowa Public Transit Long-Range Plan

The development of a long-range plan for public transit in Iowa is nearly complete.  A key part of the plan update is collecting public input.  Stakeholder and public feedback have been considered throughout the planning process and is being sought once more to help refine the final draft of the Iowa Public Transit Long-Range Plan.  A copy of the plan can be reviewed at https://iowadot.gov/iowainmotion/Modal-Plans/Public-Transit-Plan.  

Any comments, feedback, or input can be submitted by following the instructions found at the top of the webpage. The public comment period is open now through Wednesday, July 1.  For questions, please contact the Systems Planning Bureau, Iowa Department of Transportation, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA  50010, telephone 515-239-1772, or email Iowa Motion@iowadot.us.

 

City is Open for Business!

The City is open to the public!  The Recreation Department and Library have already allowed the public to utilize services.  Administration offices open on Monday, June 1st.  Below are the hours for each department.

Administration Offices:
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm (No passport services until further notice).

Recreation Department:
Monday through Friday, 5 am to 8 pm
Saturday, 7 am to 4 pm
Sunday, 7 am to 2 pm

Library:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday – 9 am to 5 pm
Wednesday, Thursday – 9 am to 7 pm
Saturday, 9 am to Noon

Should you have any questions regarding available services, please call:
City Hall: 515-597-2561
Recreation Department:  515-597-2515
Library:  515-597-2552