The Cities of Orange City & Alton are co-sponsoring a free e-recycling program on October 23 and 24. This service is limited to Alton and Orange City residents.

The following items are accepted:
• Computer monitors
• CPU’s
• Keyboards
• Printers and mouse(s)
• Smaller batteries
• TV’s

The following items are not accepted:
• car batteries
• light bulbs

Items can be dropped off at the Orange City Street Dept. (809 Concord Place SE) on Friday, Oct. 23, 4:00-7:00 pm & Saturday, Oct. 24, 9:00 am-noon.

With the July 4th holiday approaching, we would like to remind everyone of the general requirements in Orange City for setting off fireworks:

  • Fireworks can be discharged from June 15 through July 8. Exception: discharge hours are extended to 11 pm on July 4 and the Saturdays and Sundays immediately preceding and following July 4.
  • No person under the age of 18 shall discharge consumer fireworks without parental supervision.
  • A person shall only discharge a consumer fireworks device on property they own or on property where consent has been given.
  • Novelties, including snakes, sparklers, or caps, can be discharged on a public place so long as all trash, wrappers, and wires are properly disposed of.
  • Consumer fireworks shall not be discharged by persons showing visible signs of, or determined to be, intoxicated or under the influence of a drug or narcotic.
  • Any person discharging a consumer fireworks device assumes all responsibility for its operation and the consequences thereof.
  • No person shall discharge a consumer fireworks device in a reckless manner or manner likely to cause death, injury, fire, or property damage.

For a complete listing of the fireworks ordinance, please contact the City Office.

Orange City Municipal Gas needs your input!

Orange City Municipal Gas will soon be conducting our annual telephone survey to assess the awareness and understanding of those who live along our gas pipeline concerning safety and the safe use of gas.

Date: Starting Monday, Novemebr 12th

Time: Between the hours of 4:30pm and 8:30pm

If you receive one of these calls, please answer the call and complete the survey so that Orange City Municipal Gas can report back to the Federal Office of Pipeline Safety that our efforts to educate those who live along the pipeline about the safe use of gas have been successful.

Have questions?  or (712)707-4885


The Cities of Orange City & Alton are cosponsoring a free e-recycling program that will accept computer monitors, CPU’s, keyboards & mice, smaller batteries and TV’s. Sorry, car batteries and light bulbs are not allowed. Items can be dropped off at Alton City Hall, 905 3rd Avenue on Friday, May 4, 4:00-7:00 pm and Saturday, May 5, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Note: This notification is being delivered to fulfill a requirement as part of a rulemaking passed down from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Association that takes effect on April 14, 2017. This is not a Mandatory requirement.

Customer Notification of Excess Flow Valve (EFV) Installation

Dear Valued Customer,
You may request that the City of Orange City install an excess flow valve (EFV) on the gas line to your property. EFVs are mechanical shut-off devices that a utility can install in the gas pipe running from the gas main to the gas meter at your property (the “service line”). An EFV is designed to stop the gas flow if the service line is broken, for example, by an excavation accident. Stopping the gas flow from a broken service line significantly reduces the risk of natural gas fire, explosion, personal injury and/or property damage.

If you notify us that you want an EFV, we will contact you to set up a mutually agreeable date when we will install an EFV on your service line.

1. Potential advantages & disadvantages of Excess Flow Valves (EFVs).

a. An EFV is designed to shut off the gas flow if the service line is severed between the gas main and the meter set.

b. What an EFV won’t do?

– An EFV is NOT designed to close if a leak occurs beyond the gas meter on house piping or appliances. An EFV also may not close if the leak on the service line is small.

c. Possibility of EFV activation (closure) if the customer adds load.

– If you add, for example, more gas appliances, a pool heater, emergency generator, etc., the additional gas flow may cause the EFV to close.

2. EFV Installation and Replacement Costs

a. Installation Cost

i. You will be billed for the cost of installing the EFV. The average installation cost is typically $700-$1200. Not included in the estimated cost are cement or asphalt streets, landscaping and other utilities; the actual installation cost will depend on the difficulty of installation. We will inform you of the actual cost before you make the final decision that you want an EFV.

b. Replacement Cost

i. You will be billed for the cost of installing the EFV. The average installation cost is typically $700-$1200. Not included in the estimated cost are cement or asphalt streets, landscaping and other utilities; the actual installation cost will depend on the difficulty of installation. We will inform you of the actual cost before you make the final decision that you want an EFV.

c. What might trigger a need to replace the EFV?

i. Customer adds load: EFV replacement may be necessary if you add additional gas appliances, such as a pool heater or emergency generator that exceeds the capacity of the EFV.
ii. EFV fails closed/open: EFV replacement may be necessary if the EFV malfunctions (sticks open or closed).
iii. Probability of failure based on industry experience: Industry experience is that EFVs rarely malfunction.

3. If a service-line customer requests EFV installation and the load does not exceed 1,000 SCFH and the conditions listed below are not present, the operator must install an EFV at a mutually agreeable date.

a. The service line does not operate at a pressure of 10 psig or greater throughout the year;
b. The operator has prior experience with contaminants in the gas stream that could interfere with the EFV’s operation or cause loss of service to a customer;
c. An EFV could interfere with necessary operation or maintenance activities, such as blowing liquids from the line; or
d. An EFV meeting the performance standards in § 192.381 is not commercially available to the operator
IMPORTANT NOTE: EFVs cannot be installed on some service lines due to high gas flow, low pressure or other factors. If you request an EFV but your service line cannot accommodate an EFV, the City of Orange City will inform you.


The Orange City Fire Department will break ground for its fire station expansion on Friday, August 19 at 10 a.m.

The Orange City Fire Station will be expanded by approximately 12,000 square feet, and 3,840 square feet of the current station will be remodeled. The Orange City community passed a $2,700,000 bond issuance with a vote on March 1, 2016 with an 83.7% approval, that will fund a portion of the estimated $3,150,000 cost to expand the current fire station.  The remaining cost will be funded by the City of Orange City and fundraising efforts of the Orange City Fire Department.

The current fire station, built in 1973, lacks adequate training and work space and has limited storage.  The station no longer meets national health and safety codes, has a lack of ventilation, and firefighters risk injury by pulling their gear on next to moving trucks. An increase in population growth, new hazards and technological advances also contribute to the need for an expanded station.

The public is invited to join the ground breaking at the Orange City Fire Station, located at 202 Albany Avenue SE.

More information on the expansion can be found on the Friends of the Orange City Fire Department’s website,, or Facebook page.

Is your sump pump running in your basement? Do you know where it discharges your excess water?
If your pump hose is connected to your drain line, you are contributing to a major problem! With the
infiltration of rainwater during large downpours or wet seasons, sewer lines may become overloaded
and cause backups in basements or overflow at lift stations & the wastewater treatment plant. City ordinances
only allow sump pumps to drain into sanitary sewers from October 15 – April 15.

Remember to reconnect pumps to an outdoor outlet.

For more information, contact the City of Orange City at 712-707-4885.


Fire hydrants are a vital source of water for firefighting and if they are buried in snow, critical time is lost, as fires can double in size every minute. You can help the Orange City Fire Department by removing snow away from fire hydrants as it may save you or your neighbor’s family or property.


Denny Vander Wel
OCFD Fire Chief


It has come to the attention of the City Office of a utility scam that is in the area.

This scam involves receiving a call from someone claiming they are from Orange City Utilities or other local utilities. They indicate that payment for your utilities has not been received and that you will be disconnected soon.

To avoid disconnection, you are asked to get a money order and give them the payment.

The City of Orange City does NOT use an outside company to collect delinquent utility bills. All correspondence regarding any delinquent bill would come directly from the city.

Also, in accordance with the Iowa Utilities Board rules, we do not disconnect on weekends or if the temperature is forecast to be below 20 degrees within the next 24 hours.

If you receive one of these calls, please contact the Orange City Police Dept. @ 707-4251.

Orange City Recycles

Did you know that about 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet the average recycling rate is only 28%?

When recycling materials, please be conscious of which items are acceptable for including in your blue recycling bin. A list of both recyclable and non-recyclable materials per the Northwest Iowa Landfill is noted below, and more information can be found in this brochure. Thank you for your effort in creating a clean and healthy environment!

recyclable materials:

  • mixed paper – office paper, colored paper, shiny paper, envelopes (transparent windows okay), junk mail, catalogs (reduce to 1/2 inch thick), newspapers, brown paper bags, magazines (reduce to 1/2 inch thick), phone books (reduce to 1/2 inch thick), shredded paper (bag it separately), hardcover books (remove covers, reduce to 1/2 inch thick), paperback books (reduce to 1/2 inch thick), fiber board (cereal boxes, soda boxes), paper egg cartons
  • aluminum and metals – aluminum & tin cans, aluminum foil & pans, clean all cans, foil and pans
  • corrugated cardboard – corrugated cardboard, pizza boxes (must be clean), break it down and flatten!
  • plastic – all plastic containers labeled 1-5, milk and juice jugs, pop and water bottles, dish and liquid soap bottles, bleach and detergent containers, ice cream tubs and yogurt cups, cooking oil containers, lotion bottles, household cleaning containers Clean – no liquids, lids or caps and pumps
  • glass – glass needs to be dropped off in the bins located at the City Street Department. (809 Concord Place SE)

non-recyclable materials:

  • food & paper waste – frozen food & juice boxes, food wrappers & bags, dirty paper plates, cups & napkins, food waste (uneaten food), tissues, paper towels, wax paper
  • plastic – all plastic containers labeled 6-7, plastic containers with no numbered label, styrofoam & packing peanuts, plastic bags, plastic utensils, cups & plates, disposable diapers, plastic food wrapping, Tupperware containers, medical supplies and sharps, plastic toys
  • batteries and cell phones – due to fire hazard, no batteries and cell phones will be accepted at the Recycling Center, but are accepted at Northwest Iowa Household Hazardous Material Regional Collection Center
  • misc. – garbage, soiled mattress pads, landscaping material