Located in northeast Iowa. Established in 1873 

Residential Revitalization


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That there is now on file for public inspection in the office of the City Clerk of Oelwein, Iowa, a Proposed Revitalization Plan for the development of a proposed revitalization area (designated the “Oelwein Residential Revitalization Area”) to include all property within the City.

The City Council will meet at 6:00 o’clock p.m., on the 25th day of September 2017, at the City Hall, Oelwein, Iowa, at which time a hearing will be held pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 404, Code of Iowa (the “Act”) on the proposal to adopt the Proposed Revitalization Plan and the proposal to establish the revitalization area. At such public hearing all owners of record of real property, tenants, and all “occupants” of city addresses within the area, and any other person having an interest in the matter may appear and be heard for or against the adoption of the Proposed Revitalization Plan or the establishment of the Oelwein Urban Revitalization Area.

Once an area has been designated as a revitalization area pursuant to the Act, residential property within the City on which certain improvements have been made will become eligible for certain property tax exemptions under the Act.


Public Notification

Facility Name: Oelwein Municipal Waterworks                           PWSID#: 3353088


Monitoring Violation of the Water Testing Schedule

Our water system violated a drinking water standard over the past year. Even though these were not emergencies, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct these situations.

We, the Oelwein Municipal Public Water Supply are required to monitor your drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water meets health standards. During August of 2016 we did not monitor or test one sample for (TTHM) Total Trihalomethanes and (HAA5) Haloacetic Acids and therefore cannot be sure of the quality of our drinking water during that time.

What should I do?

There is nothing you need to do at this time.

What Happened? What is being done?

The required testing was inadvertently completed in July instead of the required month of August. Staff was informed to check sampling time frame requirements and not just submit samples upon arrival of the sampling containers.

Be assured that this sample and all previous samples have been well within the drinking water standards. TTHM & HAA5 are a possible byproducts of chlorination that build up over time in the water system. Even if they would be present in our system the Cities biannual flushing should remove them before they reach a level affecting public health.    

For more information, please contact Victor Kane at (319) 283-1197

City Hall Hours to Change


Effective Tuesday, August 1, 2017 City Hall will be open to the public as listed below:

               Monday         8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
               Tuesday        8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
               Wednesday    8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
               Thursday       8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
               Friday           8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.


Single Garbage Hauler Proposal

The Oelwein City Council has held discussion on using a single garbage hauler within the City.  Proposals have been received from Black Hawk Waste and Waste Management.  A review of both bids can be found here.  A public meeting is scheduled for July 25, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers.  Residents are invited to make comments at this meeting.

Fire Hydrant Testing

The Oelwein Utility Department is continuing the hydrant testing to update fire flow information.  We have completed the first area of hydrants.   fire hydrant

We are following our biannual hydrant flushing thus we will be in the folowing areas:

Northwest From 13th Avenue to the viaduct and south of 2nd Street from 4th Avenue to North Frederick.  This includes residents of 2nd Street.

Northeast South of 3rd Street from North Frederick to 3rd Avenue and west of 3rd Avenue from 3rd Street to Charles.  This does not include residents along 3rd Street but does include residents along 3rd Avenue.

Southeast West of 3rd Avenue from Charles to Highway 281.  This does include residents along 3rd Avenue.

Southwest  All areas.

Testing will occur between 7:00 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. Monday through Friday as workload permits.  This process is less disruptive than the actual hydrant flushing.  However you may still experience issues with rusty water or low pressure during this time.  The testing may take several months to complete so we appreciate your patience during this ongoing process.



History of Oelwein

The town of Oelwein was laid out in a corn field purchased from G.A. Oelwein on the coming of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railroad (later called the Rock Island) in 1872. Some years later... Read More

Contact Us

 (319) 283-5440
 (319) 283-4032
 20 2nd Ave. S.W.