Each Spring and Fall, cable companies experience a technical phenomenon called "sun outages." For a period of about a week, the sun causes "solar interference" to all geostationary satellite signals. As the sun's path across the sky gets lower each day, there are times when it is in a direct line behind a communication satellite that is sending signals to a receiving satellite dish here on earth. When the dish antenna is looking into the sun, the interference from the sun overrides the signals from the satellite. This is when a sun outage occurs. Sun outages occur during the months of February/March and September/October and can last as long as 15 minutes a day and take place over a period of up to 10 days. The effects of a sun outage vary in degree from minimal to total outage throughout the 10 day period. Once it reaches its peak, the interference will gradually decrease becoming less noticeable each day after. Unfortunately, there is technically nothing we can do to prevent sun outages from occurring. Each satellite service that we receive signals from will experience this interference. Approximate dates and times of the outages will be from October 7th to October 11th. Times and duration for individual channels will vary.

IMU currently maintains approx. 6,300 electric meters and 22.4 miles of 69kV transmission line.

IMU’s water plant pumps an 

average of 1.2 MILLION gallons

of raw water PER DAY.

Indianola's electric rates in 1890 were

$0.75/month for commercial

and $0.60/month for residential.

The IMU water plant is designed to treat 3.3 MILLION gallons of water PER DAY.

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Serving Indianola’s Residents Since 1890

Indianola Municipal Utilities (IMU) is located in Indianola, Iowa and provides the city with electric, water and network services. The Indianola community has enjoyed the benefits of a locally owned, not-for-profit utility since 1890. Many changes have taken place since those early years, but one thing has remained the same – our commitment to providing the most reliable, affordable service possible.

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