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Des Moines Water Works Requests Release of Water Supply from Saylorville Reservoir

Posted February 19, 2014 in Web Exclusives

DES MOINES, Iowa (February 18, 2014) – Continuing concerns about water quality and quantity, has led Des Moines Water Works to request the release of additional water from Saylorville Reservoir. The release of additional water at 35 cubic feet per second (cfs), will take place today between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.

“Des Moines Water Works wants to ensure that procedures and mechanisms are in place at the State of Iowa and the US Army Corps of Engineers, to provide additional water supply options should they be needed in the future,” said Bill Stowe, CEO and General Manager, Des Moines Water Works.

Des Moines Water Works invested $2.4 million 30 years ago for access to water supply at Saylorville Reservoir.  An annual payment of approximately $100,000 is also made to maintain a pumping facility at Saylorville.

Des Moines Water Works exercised the process of releasing water supply at Saylorville Reservoir for the first time on January 16, 2013, and believes that continuing to exercise this process protects its 500,000 Central Iowa customers’ reliance on safe drinking water.

“Given last year’s poor water quality, while in short supply, it is in our best interest to test the procedures to protect all our water resources for our ratepayers,” said Stowe.

Des Moines Water Works, which usually treats source water from both Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers, will treat Des Moines River source water during the testing period.


About Des Moines Water Works
Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) is a municipal water utility serving the citizens of Des Moines and surrounding communities (approximately 500,000 people). DMWW is an independently operated public utility with a commitment to leading, advocating and investing today and in the future to deliver water you can trust for life.  

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