City of Indianola Updates Its Water Pollution Control Policy

The City of Indianola recently sent letters to property owners describing the implementation of a "Time of Sale Inspection" policy that will comply with the Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) objective of reducing the flow of clear water into the sanitary sewer system.  

Reducing the flow of clear water into the sanitary sewer system decreases the strain of heavy loads on the system after peak rain events, which ultimately saves taxpayers money.  

Beginning in 2009, city officials targeted neighborhoods, inspected each property and when violations were found, required that the property be brought up to code immediately. This caused a great amount of financial stress for homeowners and undo tension between taxpayers and city government.

The city received approval to put the program, known as Inflow & Infiltration, "I&I", on hold in 2014.  Now, City of Indianola has updated its water pollution control policy to again meet compliance with IDNR regulations by implementing a "Time of Sale Inspection" ordinance.

 The Time of Sale Inspection ordinance, which becomes effective March 1, 2017, requires home owners have their property inspected and be in compliance prior to the sale of the property.  Property owners of single family homes, duplexes and townhomes, must request an inspection and receive a Certificate of Compliance, before transferring title to a new owner. The Certificate of Compliance will be good for two years from the date it is issued and will cost $50.  

Homeowners are required to request an inspection of the property within 10 days of listing the property for sale. Inspectors will be checking sump pumps, perimeter tiles, roof drains, yard drains and other 'clear water' sources to determine if they are flowing into the city's sewer system.  If no violations are found, the city will issue a Certificate of Compliance.  If repairs are deemed necessary, a re-inspection, costing $25, will be required to determine if compliance has been achieved.

The Certificate of Compliance, which is fashioned after the DNR's "Time of Transfer" program for septic systems in the state of Iowa, will be a required document at the time a deed is recorded and title is transferred to another party.

To learn more about the City's new ordinance to its water pollution control policy, you are welcome to visit the City of Indianola's website.  In addition, you can visit their FAQ page to read the answers to questions about the program.

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