University of Iowa

Water Plant

Water Quality Status

UI Water Quality meets all EPA Safe Drinking Water
standards and testing


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Water Quality Confidence Report

University of Iowa Campus 2018 Water Quality Report


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About Us

The University of Iowa is one of only a handful of universities that operates its own Water Plant.  In addition to providing a cost-effective source of water for the campus, it also serves as an important teaching facility for future engineers and water treatment specialists. The Water Plant functions as both a water source for the University of Iowa campus, hospitals and clinics, dorms and student/staff housing.



The EPA establishes the Safe Drinking Water Standards and the Iowa DNR administers the Public Drinking Water Program in Iowa under delegation of authority from the EPA. Testing is conducted by UI Water Plant staff several times a year in various locations.  A rolling year-long average of those results is used to determine compliance. Testing is done at the State Hygienic Lab.


The University of Iowa uses a combination of methods to ensure the UI campus water meets all EPA requirements and is safe to drink. The Water Plant uses 3,800 MMBtu of steam and 2,200,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity to purify and distribute 900 million gallons of water annually.


  • In 2016, the university installed a carbon filtration system at the Water Plant and will soon begin using a reverse-osmosis system to treat water in response to rising nitrate levels in the Iowa River.


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