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System Development Fees

Des Moines Water Works Schedule of Charges

System Development Fee Structure (effective January 1, 2022)
System development fees are required for all new water services in the City of Des Moines, Pleasant Hill, Cumming, Alleman, and Unincorporated Service Areas. System development fees will be based on the tap size and are as follows:

Des Moines

  1 inch 2 inch 3 inch 4 inch 6 inch 8 inch 12 inch
Metered Connections $520 $1,300 $4,125 $11,900 $31,100 $64,900 $103,700
Fire Service Connections $170 $440 n/a $4,000 $10,300 $21,700 $34,600


Pleasant Hill

  1 inch 2 inch 3 inch 4 inch 6 inch 8 inch 12 inch
Metered Connections $1,550 $1,550 $4,125 $11,900 $31,100 $64,900 $103,700
Fire Service Connections $520 $520 n/a $4,000 $10,300 $21,700 $34,600


Cumming

  1 inch 2 inch 3 inch 4 inch 6 inch 8 inch 12 inch
Metered Connections $1,025 $1,900 $1,900 $9,000 $27,700 $60,500 n/a
Fire Service Connections $1,200 $1,500 n/a $3,900 $10,100 $21,100 n/a


Alleman

  1 inch 2 inch 3 inch 4 inch 6 inch 8 inch 12 inch
Metered Connections $2,575 $4,200 $4,200 $11,900 $31,100 $64,900 n/a
Fire Service Connections $860 $1,400 n/a $4,000 $10,300 $21,700 n/a


All Other Service Areas
(Outside City of Des Moines, Berwick, Polk County Rural Water District #1, Runnells, Unincorporated Polk County, Unincorporated Warren County, etc.)

  1 inch 2 inch 3 inch 4 inch 6 inch 8 inch 12 inch
Metered Connections $1,925 $4,375 $4,375 $11,900 $31,100 $64,900 n/a
Fire Service Connections $650 $1,475 n/a $4,000 $10,300 $21,700 n/a


System development fees for projects with both fire and domestic services, or any combination of multiple services, will be the total of all of the system development fees added together.

System development fees for projects with metered combination fire and domestic services (master metered) shall be considered domestic services with fees being charged accordingly. 

System development fees for subdivisions will be based upon the number and size of service stubs to be installed within the subdivision. All service stubs within subdivision will be considered domestic stubs unless sufficient evidence is provided to indicate otherwise.

System development fees will not be required for replacement taps of equal size. Existing taps that are less than 1-inch in diameter and are being replaced with new 1-inch taps will not require system development fees. Any replacement tap that is to be a larger size than the original tap, other than upsizing to a 1-inch diameter tap, will require a connection fee that will be the difference between the fee for the new tap size and the fee for the original tap size.

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