Public Works General Info

    The Van Meter Public Works department provides many services to residents and businesses within city limits.

    Functions of Public Works include operating the city water system, sewer system, street maintenance, building and grounds maintenance, cemetery maintenance, and equipment purchase and maintenance for the city. In addition, employees perform related duties as required.

    Iowa One Call 


    Call 48 Hours BEFORE You Dig!!

    Digging: Iowa law states that before beginning any outdoor project that involves digging, you must call Iowa One Call at 1-800-292-8989 to minimize the risk of damaging any underground utility. The service is free of charge.

    Visit their website at

    Irrigation Meters

    Effective May 15, 2023 - The City of Van Meter will no longer be providing exterior deduct irrigation meters. All irrigation meters will be required to be installed inside the residence and plumbed before the residential meter. If an irrigation meter is installed for underground irrigation, it will be required to have a backflow prevention device installed at the owner's expense. The current cost to purchase an irrigation meter is $350.00.

    General Info About Van Meter Water

    Well Avg Depth (ft):




    Rated Capacity (mgd):


    Temp Range (F):


    Avg Capacity (mgd):


    Connection Fee:


    Peak Demand (mgd):


    Cost/min of 2,000 gal. or less


    Storage Capacity (gal):


    Major Source:


    Hardness (ppm)



    Inside City Limits (effective July 1, 2022)
    $24.57 for 2,000 gallons;
    $5.60 per 1,000 thereafter

    Outside City Limits (effective July 1, 2022)
    $74.72 for 2,000 gallons'
    $17.02 per 1,000 thereafter

    These are the established rates and charges for the use of and for the service supplied by the municipal water utility based upon the meter readings of the amount of water consumed within city limits.