As we navigate the drought conditions affecting our community and the Midwest as a whole, we want to make sure that questions and information is made available to all Osceola Water Works customers. Below is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions and the most current updates for each. Of course, as conditions change, this page will be updated.
If you have any additional questions, please reach out to the Osceola Water Works office through the Contact page on this Web site.
OSCEOLA’S DROUGHT CONDITIONS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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How often has information about conservation and the drought been communicated to the public of Osceola?
Water Usage – Water Rates are controlled by the Osceola Water Works Board of Trustees. Water Rates can be found at osceolawaterworks.com/rates/
Water Excise Tax: In 2018, the Iowa legislature passed a new law, effective July 1, 2018 creating a 6% Water Service Excise Tax. Water Excise Tax (WET) replaced the 6% Sales tax. Collected WET is remitted the Iowa Department of Revenue.
Sewer Usage – Sewer Rates are controlled by the City of Osceola.
Sales Tax: Sewage services are charged a 7% sales tax to non-residential commercial customers. Collected Sewer Sales Tax is remitted to the Iowa Department of Revenue.
Garbage – Garbage Rates are controlled by the City of Osceola.
A minimum Residential Water bill is for 2,000 gallons $23.70 (26%) controlled by Water Board
A minimum Residential Sewer bill is for 1,000 gallons $43.00 (49%) controlled by City of Osceola
A minimum Garbage bill is $22.28 (25%) controlled by City of Osceola
- Pay by Mail
- Pay in Person
- Call the OWW office
- Use the OWW Drop Box
Or, you can click the “Pay Online” button on the home page or in the navigation section of this Web site.
Meetings are held at: Osceola Water Works, 208 W Jefferson, Osceola, IA 50213 at 5:30pm and in compliance with House File 2074, Sixty-seventy General Assembly, Chapter 28A of the Code of Iowa, Public Attendance is welcome.
Meeting Agenda’s and Meeting Minutes can be found on Osceola Water Works website here.
While the idea has its merits, the actual impact of using plowed snow or snow removed from streets after storms to replenish a community’s raw water supply could result in dangerous chemicals and contaminants in the drinking water. While melting snow and runoff from surrounding streets and farmland does eventually make it to surrounding bodies of water, creeks and rivers, the process of natural filtration – water soaking into the ground, through clay, sand, rock, and sediment below – protects the water source’s natural environment from an abundance of hazardous chemicals and constituents put on roads, driveways, and farmland.
Treating raw water for consumer use is a delicate balancing act of continued filtration, chemical management and monitoring. Normal raw water supplies are measured and precisely treated within the community’s water treatment plant and are based on ongoing chemical balances and protocols. To introduce road chemicals, oils and brine from winter plowing would not only impact the ability to effectively and economically treat the raw water, but also introduce potentially hazardous materials and/or chemicals into the surrounding environment.
In short: It’s best to let nature take its course when it comes to melting snow and letting it make its way to the various lakes and tributaries surrounding the community.