FAQ  |  City Services

Fire Hydrant Flushing

Will Hydrant Flushing Affect Your Water?

If you are using water when the fire hydrant flushing process is occurring in your neighborhood, the water that we are scouring out of the water distribution system could be drawn into your home’s plumbing system. Although the water may be discolored, smell different and/or have a slightly different taste, it is safe to use. 

Why Do We Flush Fire Hydrants?

The water distribution system consists of miles of water main and hundreds of fire hydrants, and each of those hydrants need to be operated periodically to lubricate the internal mechanisms and check the overall functionality. If a deficiency is discovered during this inspection, most maintenance can be performed immediately. The end result is that the fire hydrants in your neighborhood are available for fire protection if there is ever a need.

Education Opportunities

West Delaware County Community Schools
JK – 12
601 New Street
Manchester, IA 52057

St. Mary Catholic Schools
JK – 6
132 W Butler Street
Manchester, IA 52057

NICC/UIU Manchester Center
1200 1/2 W Main Street
Manchester, IA 52057

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), Upper Iowa University (UIU), and the City of Manchester have partnered to create the NICC/UIU Manchester Center to help residents within the Delaware County region achieve their educational goals efficiently and effectively. The center opened in September 2011 and is located at 1200 1/2 W Main Street (Dupaco building). The center offers continuing education courses for the adult learner as well as high school students. Offerings include GED/ABE and ESOL classes, basic computer classes, business and customized training, a state of the art computer lab, on-line credit courses and non-credit training programs for the business community. For more information, to receive continually updated information on available classes or to sign up for a class, please contact the Manchester Center at 563.822.1016.

Compost Site

The City encourages all citizens living within the City limits to utilize the Compost site. Citizens may utilize the compost site for disposing of grass clippings, fallen leafs, and other yard waste.

The site has been organized with signage to point you in the right direction for disposal of the above listed items. Any citizens, even those living outside the the City limits may take wood chips, firewood and compost free of charge. Any citizen living outside the City limits may not bring anything in, they may only remove compost materials. If you have any questions pertaining to the rules of the compost site feel free to contact the City Office at 563.927.3636 or Larry Schmidt, Street Superintendent at 563.927.4011

Who do I call to report a nuisance?

Nuisances should be reported to the City of Manchester Project & Planning Coordinator by calling 563.927.3636.

Helpful links to a variety of important community services and resources

As a helpful resource we have provided a listing of internet links to a variety of important community services and resources. Feel free to tour our links and let us know if you think we are missing an important link.

Delaware County Fair
Delaware County Parks
Iowa League of Cities
Iowa Road Conditions
Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Manchester Public Library
Northeast Iowa Community College
Regional Medical Center
St. Mary’s Catholic School
State of Iowa
West Delaware School District

Voter Information

Voter information: Delaware County, Iowa – Main Election Information Page
Find out if you’re registered to vote: Am I Registered To Vote in Iowa?
Find your precinct/polling place: Where Do I Go To Vote?

Public Library

The Manchester Public Library is much more than a place to check out books. We have programs and services for everyone in our community. Friendly librarians are here to help you find the information you’re looking for.

Click here to find out what our library can do for you!

Monday9:30am – 8:00pm
Tuesday9:30am – 8:00pm
Wednesday9:30am – 8:00pm
Thursday9:30am – 8:00pm
Friday9:30am – 5:00pm
Sunday9:00am – 3:00pm

Contact Information:
Address: 304 N Franklin Street
Phone: 563.927.3719
Fax: 563.927.3058
Email: manchpl@manchester.lib.ia.us

The Library is closed for the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve.

Nice Neighbor Award

Manchester is a community where neighbors care for each other. The “Nice Neighbor Award” was established to recognize citizens who do what they can to improve the quality of life for their neighbors or other citizens in Manchester.

The City will continually accept nominations from residents. Honorees will be chosen each month and will be invited to a City Council meeting to be recognized.

Nomination letters should include the name of the person being nominated and the name of the person who is doing the nominating as well as the telephone number of both. Send your “Nice Neighbor” letters to: Mayor Milt Kramer, 208 E. Main Street, Manchester, Iowa 52057.

Garbage & Recycling

All areas SOUTH of MAIN STREET, including both sides of Main Street

North of East Main, East of North Franklin, South & East of Oakland Cemetery

North of West Main, both sides of North Franklin, North to City Limits

If your recycling/garbage day falls on a holiday, your items will be picked up the day immediately following the holiday.

For specific questions regarding your recycling or garbage pickup, please contact:


LIMIT: 3 CONTAINERS; 50 lbs per container

Please recycle everything possible!
All recyclables must be rinsed, clean and dry; cartons and boxes should be flattened and all materials should be placed loose into a container or clear bags. Please cover or hold back on rainy days.

Recycling Containers
Please use a clean, designated tub, can, or clear bags for your recycling. Please remember to include your address on the outside of your container.

Accepted Recyclables

All recyclables must be rinsed, cleaned and dried; cartons and boxes should be flattened and all materials should be placed loose into a container or clear bag.

Click here to learn which items are Accepted and Not Accepted


LIMIT: 80 lbs of garbage per week

Garbage must be placed into clear or white bags and tied shut. Garbage bags may be divided between 2-35 gallon cans. Garbage in colored bags or loose garbage will not be collected.

Extra Garbage / Remodeling Debis
It is the customer’s responsibility to contact the garbage hauler directly for pickup of any extra garbage or large items. Extra garbage is considered anything exceeding a total garbage weight of 80 pounds. Large items include, but are not limited to: remodeling debris, appliances, electronics, computers, carpeting, drywall, tires, mattresses, furniture, landscape debris, etc.

Your garbage WILL NOT BE COLLECTED if it contains things that cannot be taken to the landfill, if it has been placed in colored bags, or if you have more than the allotted amount.

Recycling & Garbage must be to the curb by 7:00am. The collector will not return to pick up late set-outs.

Manchester Garbage Routes


Additional Information

  • Start & Stop Service: All residents living within the city limits, with an active water account, are billed for garbage and recycling pickup. Service begins when a water account is activated. Service stops when an account is deactivated.
  • Cans & Totes: It is the customer’s responsibility to provide the appropriate garbage and recycling containers. 
  • Missed Collections: Garbage and recycling must be placed at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on the designated pickup day. The hauler will not return to pick up late set-outs.