Please Note: The 2017 Citywide Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, April 22. The 2017 Spring Cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 29. Please view the March 2017 newsletter for more information.

Adel Parks & Recreation's 2017 Spring/Summer Activity Guide is now available! Please review it for the latest and most up-to-date information on programs, including the Adel Family Aquatic Center's 2017 rates.

The City is now accepting applications for a number of Board & Commission positions. Please click here for more information. If you'd like to download an application, please click here.

Please click here to view the Notice To Bidders and Notice Of Public Hearing for the 2017 Adel Brick Streets Project. Please consult all addendums for the most accurate information on this project: Addendum #01 - Addendum #02 - Addendum #03

Please click here to download the 2017 Recycling Calendar.

The second and final public input meeting for the Parks & Trails Master Plan was held on Monday, December 12. If you missed it, please here to view the presentation.

You may also view the presentation and boards that were presented during the October 27 meeting.

The City's Economic Development Commission has updated the residential tax abatement program F.A.Q.

The City is in the process of updating its website.

Until further notice, information and links
below may not be completely up-to-date.

We apologize for any inconvenience.


The City of Adel maintains its own water and sewer treatment plants, making it possible to remain competitive in utility rates. You will also find garbage and recycling information below.

Electricity and natural gas are provided by MidAmerican Energy.

Application for Water, Sewer, & Garbage Service

Please click here to download an application for water, sewer, garbage, and recycling service. New accounts require a $100.00 deposit. Applicants must turn in the application at Adel City Hall. For more information, please contact Adel City Hall.

Please Note: If the application link does not work, please use a different web browser.

Automatic Withdrawal

Please click here to download a form to sign up for automatic withdrawal for your utility bill.

Monthly Water Rates

- Effective September 1, 2015

First 5,000 gallons $7.28 per thousand
Next 6,000-20,000 $4.91 per thousand
Next 21,000-100,000 $3.97 per thousand
101,000-up $3.10 per thousand


New water and sewer hookup  
Residential * $500.00
Commercial $500.00 + cost of meter
Sewer Connection $450.00
Water Deposit $100.00
Reconnect Fee $50.00

*Residential size water meter provided. Oversize meters require an additional charge. This additional charge for an oversize meter is the difference between the residential meter and the requested meter size.

Deduct Meter $115.00


Monthly Sewer Rates (based on water usage)

- Effective September 1, 2015

First 5,000 gallons $6.93 per thousand
Everything thereafter $4.98 per thousand
Septic Haulers - min. 1,500 gallons $106.06

Monthly Garbage & Recycling Rates

- Effective September 1, 2015

Garbage: $11.82/mo
Recycling: $3.88/mo
Total: $15.76/mo

Garbage pickup depends upon where the residence is located (see below). All bins must be out to the curb by 7:00 a.m.

Mondays All households on and west of 13th Street, including S. 11th Street, Aaron Court, Lynne Drive, Madison Court, Sadie Lane, and commercial businesses
Tuesdays All households on Prospect Avenue, Walnut Trail, 288th Trail, Frost Lane, and Quail Avenue
Wednesdays All households on and east of 12th Street, including Bailey's Grove Drive, Timberview Drive, Ridgeline Drive, S. 13th Street, and Luther Drive

Recycling is picked up every other Tuesday for the entire City through a single stream recycling program. Recycle bins must be out at the curb by 7:00 a.m. To see the 2016 Recycling Schedule, please click here.

For more information on any of these items, please call Adel City Hall at (515) 993-4525.

Yard Waste

Beginning in 2016, yard waste collection will be changed from Mondays to Tuesdays.

The City of Adel provides for the collection of yard waste for its citizens. Yard waste is defined as organic material and includes the following items: grass clippings, leaves, trees, tree limbs, bark, branches, and flowers.

Yard waste is collected April through November and must be placed on the curb each Tuesday by 7:00 a.m. during this period.

Yard waste must be placed in brown paper bags. You may purchase bags for this purpose from Baldon Hardware or Fareway. For small amounts of yard waste, you may simply use a brown paper grocery bag, cardboard box, or a trash can clearly marked "Yard Waste."

Securely bundled brush (no longer than 4 feet and less than 50 pounds) may be placed on the curb for collection. These bundles must be secured with biodegradable material such as twine or cotton string.

During set periods after the New Year, Christmas trees may also be placed on the curb. The trees must be stripped of all decorations and must not be placed in plastic bags.

Free Metro-Area Mulch Sites

As the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer continues across Iowa, many cities have begun removing ash trees as a precautionary measure to combat the insect problem. Because of this effort, several metro-area cities are offering free mulch to residents. Please click here for more information.

Streetlight Repair Request

Have you seen a streetlight that is dim or completely out? What about a streetlight that remains on during the day or needs repair? MidAmerican Energy has a convenient online form to report problems with streetlights. Please click here to submit a streetlight repair request to MidAmerican Energy. When describing the location of the problematic streetlight, please be as specific as possible. Your details will help MidAmerican Energy make the repair in a timely manner.

Appliance Stickers

The following items require the purchase of a $10.00 appliance sticker before you are permitted to dispose of them: Refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, stoves, ovens, furnaces, heaters, dishwashers, microwaves, water heaters, humidifiers, computer monitors, and TVs.

TVs with screens larger than 30 inches require the purchase of two stickers.

Stickers may be purchased at Adel City Hall and must be affixed to the item before setting it out on the curb. A separate sticker must be purchased for each item. Please contact City Hall for details.

Stormwater Utility

Except as hereinafter noted, each customer whose property lies within the corporate limits of the City shall pay to the City, through its collection agent, at the same time payment for City water is made, the following charges associated with the customer's property (an "ESU" means the median average impervious coverage of a detached dwelling unit property in the City of Adel, which has been determined by the City to be 3,000 square feet of impervious surface area):

1. Undeveloped: Zero dollars ($0.00) per month;

2. Developed: Three dollars ($3.00) per month for those properties which impervious coverage is less than two (2) times the average impervious coverage, or 6,000 square feet; or

3. Developed: Three dollars ($3.00) per equivalent service unit (ESU) of impervious surface for those properties which impervious coverage is equal to or greater than two (2) times the average impervious coverage, or 6,000 square feet.

The number of equivalent service units (ESUs) on each property shall be calculated by an agent of the City of Adel based on the most recent aerial photography available to the City of Adel and/or impervious surface data from an approved site plan for the property.  Beginning April 1, 2010, all site plans submitted to the City of Adel shall clearly list the total property area and total impervious surface area, in square feet. 

For an overview of the utility, please click here.

Credits and waivers of the utility’s service fee may be granted. For an application, please click here.

Water Quality Reports

A Consumer Confidence Report for the Adel Municipal Water Works is distributed to customers annually.  Below you will find past reports.  Click on the year's report to view it.