Des Moines Water Works and neighboring metro area communities, including the City of Clive, who receive their water from Des Moines Water Works are asking customers to reduce irrigation in light of persistently high nitrate concentrations in the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers, two primary sources of water for Des Moines Water Works. Customers are asked to lower the volume of irrigation water used by reducing the amount of time sprinklers run, and to irrigate on odd or even days. For example, if a customer’s address ends in 1, 3, 5, etc., lawn watering is acceptable on odd days of the month and vice-versa for even addresses.
The greatest health risk posed by high nitrate concentrations is for infants under six months of age. Nitrate can reduce the ability of the baby’s blood to carry oxygen, which may result in Blue Baby Syndrome. Nitrate concentrations in Des Moines Water Works’ finished drinking water has not yet exceeded the level that will cause these health complications. If you have health-related questions, talk with your medical provider.
If you would like further information regarding the reasons for this voluntary request for irrigation reduction please visit Des Moines Water Works’ website at www.dmww.com. For any questions regarding the City of Clive’s water system please visit the City’s website at www.cityofclive.com