Town of Portsmouth Iowa
Town of Portsmouth Iowa

Welcome to the Town of Portsmouth Iowa


We welcome you to Portsmouth’s website. This website seeks to inform its citizens and others about ongoing projects and events in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth is a small town in the heart of America. We have an volunteer fire department and county sheriff.  We provide and invoice monthly for the following services:  water, sewer and solid waste. 

Events in Portsmouth


Tuesday: City council meeting


When:  Monday June 5, 2023  American Legion (first Monday of the month)

Time:  7pm

Where:  American Legion



Reminder:  Burn pile is only for yard waste.  No construction waste.  Only to be used by people living inside the city limits (tax payers)


The city of Portsmouth supports fair housing practices.  Call 712-743-2044 if you have any fair housing concerns


Please do not blow grass clipping and leaves into the street/gutters.  This causes a safety issue (slippery) and a maintenance issue as it clogs the gutters.  It is against the city ordinance to blow lawn debree into the street/gutters.  Please be courteous.  


There is a 5 ton weight limits on all streets except 2nd Street.  This is a farm to market road.  



Drinking Water Boil Advisory Lifted

Level Yellow Restrictions Continue

 Press Release – For Immediate Release


Regional Water Rural Water District announced today, June 2nd, 2023, that the Boil Advisory which went into effect on May 25th has been lifted effective immediately, while the mandatory water usage restrictions remain in effect for the users of its Avoca Treatment Plant Distribution System.  These restrictions are in response to continued system pressure issues which began on May 25th due to the drought and the reduced availability of water in the Avoca Wellfield. The affected area includes members and customers of the Association in Shelby, Audubon, Cass, Harrison, and Northern Pottawattamie Counties.  Included are the communities of Avoca, Portsmouth, Westphalia, Kirkman, Tennant, Panama, Earling, Exira, Persia, and Brayton.  Municipal, residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial users will be required to continue the following mandatory reduction measures:


  1. No watering or irrigation of lawns whatsoever.  Watering of flowers, vegetable gardens, trees or shrubs less than four years old, and new seedlings and sod is permitted once per week, with an application not to exceed one inch and only between the hours of 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM.
  2. No car washing, except at commercial establishments that provide that service as their only means of income.  In these cases, hours of use will be restricted to 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  3. No water shall be used to fill private swimming pools, children’s wading pools, or similar articles.
  4. No water shall be used to clean streets, driveways, sidewalks, etc.
  5. Large volume water users, including industries, motels, hotels, eating establishments, and livestock confinements are requested to scale back services and/or production.
  6. Schools are strongly urged to cancel their physical education activities and inter-scholastic competitions that require showers or attract crowds and take other actions to reduce water consumption.


The system continues to work with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to resolve the situation. The best thing that the communities and residents can do is to conserve water at this time. For more information, please contact the Regional Water Office at 712-343-2413.


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