Farm Runoff Causing Record Level of Nitrates

Des Moines River
Photo by dtruzchi, Flickr

While drinking water is still safe in the Des Moines area, local officials say it is difficult to keep it that way.

Des Moines Water Works has turned on the nitrate-removal system for the first time in six years; one of the largest facilities of its kind.

Agricultural chemical runoff has caused the nitrate levels in the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers to rise to health-threatening levels.

Read more about the issue and what is being done here.

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