Extendable Backwater Valves

Basement flooding can result in serious property damage.  Be mindful of your health and safety when cleaning up your flooded basement.  Floodwater may carry waterborne diseases, corrosive agents, irritants, and sharp objects.  Electrical accidents are possible because of contact between appliances and water.  Dress appropriately; wear overalls, gloves, protective eyewear, protective boots and a mask.  Open windows and stay away from electrical equipment and outlets or shut off the electrical power.

A backwater valve is a device that prevents sewage from backing up into your basement.  A valve will automatically prevent water from the sanitary sewer from coming back into your home’s plumbing system.  A properly installed backwater valve must be placed so that sewage backup will be stopped and not come out through plumbing fixtures or the floor drain in your basement.  A licensed plumber can look at your system and recommend the appropriate installation.  If you are going to install a backwater valve, a licensed plumbing contractor must install it properly.  These valves also require periodic inspection and maintenance to remove debris and reduce the risk of failure.  Ask a licensed plumbing contractor how to properly inspect and maintain the backwater valve that is installed for your home.

It is important to note that a backwater valve is designed to be closed during sewer surcharge conditions to keep water from the sanitary sewer system from flowing into your home.  When the backwater valve closes, water from inside of your home will not drain out.  When there is a risk of sewer surcharge, such as during a heavy rain storm, you should avoid using the toilet, sink, shower, washer, dishwasher or any other appliance that releases water to the sanitary sewer system.  The water will not be able to get past your backflow prevention device(s) and will have nowhere to go except back into your home.

If you are redoing the sewer line to your house, the City of Ida Grove suggests you include an extendable backwater valve.  This valve will help prevent sewer line backups into your basement.  If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 364-2428 or the WWTP Operator Shannon Hazelton at 364-3252.

Online Utility Bill Pay

In an effort to provide you with ease and flexibility for your utility bill payments, the City of Ida Grove has implemented a new online payment service through Forte.  You can find the new service payment link at the bottom of the city’s main web page, or you may click on the Government dropdown box tab at the top right of the main page, click on the utilities option and click on the payment link located on this page.

  • Pay your bill via Forte’s secure website
  • Select payment options that work for you – credit card or debit card
  • Receive an electronic confirmation of your payment

Snow Removal from Sidewalks

It is the responsibility of the abutting property owners and tenants to remove snow, ice and accumulations promptly from sidewalks.  If a property owner or tenant does not remove snow, ice or accumulations within 24 hours of the last snowfall, the City may, remove the snow, ice or accumulation.  (The 24 hour timeline also applies to blowing or drifting snow as well.)  If the City does remove snow, ice or accumulations, the City will assess the cost against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax.

Any violation of the ordinance by a property owner or tenant is a municipal infraction, subjecting the property owner and/or tenant to a civil penalty of $25.  A second violation shall be subject to a municipal infraction of $50, with the cost increasing by $25 for each subsequent infraction, up to a maximum of $500 for each infraction.  Each day the snow, ice or accumulation are not removed is a separate municipal infraction.

 

Mike Collins Presented With Service Award

The City of Ida Grove and the Ida Grove Fire Department would like to thank Mike Collins for his many years of service to the community.  Mike served as Fire Chief for 10 years within his total of 32 years of service in the Fire Department.  Mike is presented with his service award by Mayor and Assistant Fire Chief Devlun Whiteing.  Thank you Mike for your service, it is very much appreciated by everyone in the community.

4th of July Celebration

The City of Ida Grove wishes you a safe and happy 4th of July celebration!

Rec Center Schedules Spring Classes

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