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Free Webinar on Iowa Water Service Excise Tax for Iowa Business Owners

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Iowa Department of Revenue will present a no-cost webinar on June 6 at 1 p.m., to help Iowans understand and prepare for the state's Water Service Excise Tax (WET).

Earlier this year, the Iowa legislature passed a new law, SF 512, effective July 1, 2018, which creates the tax.  Prior to the enactment of this law, the sale of water was subject to the 6% state sales tax. The WET exempts the sale of water service from state sales tax, but imposes a 6% excise tax on the sale of water service. This webinar will cover all of the basics of the tax, how to register for a WET permit, when to file returns and deposits, and common Q&A's.  

For more details or to register, please visit

The Iowa Department of Revenue has partnered with the Center for Business Growth and Innovation at the University of Northern Iowa to provide free tax webinars on IASourceLink. The presenters for this webinar are:

  • Joe Fraioli, Attorney, Iowa Department of Revenue
  • Marsha Peterson, Tax Management Division, Iowa Department of Revenue

Tags:  Excise Tax  Water  Webinar 

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Denison Municipal Utilities Wastewater Project Gets Under Way

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Denison Municipal Utilities (DMU) recently signed a construction contract with John T. Jones Construction of Fargo, ND, for a major maintenance and construction project at the DMU Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The project will make significant improvements to the DMU facility to increase the facility’s operational efficiencies as Denison’s population continues to grow, local industries expand, and new businesses are welcomed to the community. The project will be contained within the current footprint of the wastewater treatment facility. Some of the more significant improvements include:

  • Replacing a 40-year-old lift station that takes in all of the City's domestic flow
  • Capacity upgrades to the activated sludge process, including 750,000-gallon anoxic basins for nutrient removal
  • Remodel Lab Control building constructed in the early 1980s
  • Upgrade the force main river crossing to the WWTP
  • Installing a fiber ring for SCADA automated controls for maximum plant operation efficiencies
  • Efficiency upgrades to aerobic digesters constructed in the early 1980s
  • Demolishing older, inefficient WWTP processes
  • Constructing two covered anaerobic lagoons with a 13-million-gallon operating capacity

DMU is pleased to also announce that the project’s timing will coincide with major wastewater treatment improvements for Smithfield Foods. By coordinating the projects, DMU and Smithfield were able to partner on the construction contract for monetary and mobilization efficiencies. This project will enhance the partnership that DMU has built with all residential, commercial, and industrial customers over the 100-plus years of providing sanitary sewer service to the community.

The initial project fieldwork started shortly after a preconstruction meeting held May 16. The project is expected to be completed and fully operational by March 2020.

Tags:  Denison Municipal Utilities 

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Sibley Municipal Utilities Hosts Students to Power Plant

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Sibley Municipal Utilities (SMU) hosted the Sibley Ocheyedan fourth grade class for a visit at the Power Plant on May 24 to help the students learn more about power, safety, and opportunities in the electric field.

There were 67 students and four teachers who attended the event. The students were divided into four groups and rotated to four different stations. Each student was given a draw string bag from Northwest Iowa Community College (WICC) with information about the college, student newsletter, coloring sheet, and other items supplied by SMU. There were 67 students and 4 teachers. 

  • Doug Breuer, who has been with SMU for 40 years, talked to the students about the generators and how energy is delivered to the homes through the Power Plant. The students asked questions about how long it took to have the generators running to restore power during an outage? It takes about 20-30 minutes to restore power during outages. Is someone at the Power Plant 24 hours a day? No, there are two employees on call who respond to outages.
  • Lisa Story, NWICC Director of Enrollment Management, talked to the students about careers and education at the NWICC.

  • Jerrad Brouwer, who has been with SMU for 17 years, demonstrated equipment used for safety such as rubber goods, different types of voltage testing equipment, and clothing. Jerrad stressed the importance of staying clear of downed power lines and to call their power provider immediately.

  • Jon Hieliger, who has been with SMU for four years, talked to the students about truck safety and clearances. Jon showed the students how to put on a harness, demonstrated the use of the fiberglass tools, and talked the students about staying clear of Utility trucks in use.

The Sibley area is served by three power providers. It is important that the students and parents are aware of who to contact in case of an outage or electrical emergency. We appreciate the opportunity to have Northwest Iowa Community College be a part of the tour. We want to be sure our students understand there are different career options for them after graduating High School.

Tags:  Sibley Municipal Utilities 

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Asset Management Training - Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities in conjunction with Wichita State Environmental Finance Center (EFC), encourages representatives from your utility to attend an upcoming asset management workshop. As a water/wastewater system, you are responsible for meeting your customer’s expectations at the right cost while efficiently operating and managing your system. Asset Management can help you get through efficient operation and management. It includes 5 components: asset condition, customer service, asset criticality, life cycle costs, and long-term planning. The session provides participants with an understanding of what to include in an asset management plan, who should be involved and why it’s important to implement a plan. The training will provide classroom instruction as well as interactive participant exercises and discussion.


*5 CEU hours available for Water Treatment, Distribution, or Wastewater.


Who Should Attend?

This training would be beneficial for very small systems with populations of 500 or less, as well as Financial/Accounting Staff, Utility Directors, City Managers, City Clerks, Board/City Council Members, and Operators.



$25.00  (Funding for this workshop is provided by Region 7 EPA.  Charges for the workshop are to cover lunch and administrative costs.)



IAMU Training and Office Complex

1735 NE 70th Avenue

Ankeny, IA  50021

Click HERE for registration and additional information.

Tags:  Asset Management  CEUs  Water 

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Make Plans to Sponsor and Attend the Annual Golfin' Fore Safety Event

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Be a partner for this “fun-raiser” for the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Safety Program!

Proceeds from the event will go toward purchasing a new line locator for use in training with all utilities.

  •  For more general information about the event, click here.
  •  For more information about sponsorship levels, click here.

Tags:  Golfin' Fore Safety 

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