48 Hour Parking Rule

If you're heading away, but your vehicle will stay, refresh yourself on the details of this rule and avoid being towed and fines. Learn more about the 48 Hour Parking Rule on the City of Iowa City Government website.

Frozen pipes

As temperatures take a nose dive, take precautions to keep household pipes from freezing and avoid damage to your home and belongings.

The City of Iowa City recommends taking these steps to prevent your water pipes and water meter from freezing:

  • Keep your heat set to at least 55 degrees at all times, including while you are away.
  • Ensure windows and outside doors are closed.
  • Keep interior doors and cabinets open, especially those containing plumbing such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. This allows heated air to circulate, preventing your water meter and pipes from freezing.
  • Ask someone to check on your home while you are away and show them where the water shut-off valve is located, typically in the basement between the water meter and wall.

When the snow falls

Ready or not, it'll be here before we know it. Know what your responsibilities are so that all people have access to your neighborhood's sidewalks for getting around. Also, learn what to do when the City declares a snow emergency, as on-street parking will be limited to allow plows to fully clear the streets after an extreme winter storm.

Read The City of Iowa City Government's winter weather tips for more information.