Water Conservation is Being Requested Despite Rain


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Josie Taylor | July 5, 2021

Recently the Des Moines area has received rain, causing a lower demand for water. Despite this good news, next week there will likely be more heat and less rain, which could cause more strain on Des Moines Water Works. Des Moines Water Works had a high demand this summer because of the dryness Iowa is experiencing.

Des Moines Water Works pumped 89 million gallons on June 9. Two days later it was closer to 90 million gallons but luckily rain came. The rain brought demand down to 86 million, which is still high. The record is 96 million gallons, which occurred in 2012. 

On June 14 Des Moines citizens were asked to conserve their water when possible. This brought demand down by about 5 million gallons a day. 

Demand for water got down to 50 million gallons a day in late June after multiple rain showers. This did not last long, and by Thursday, July 1 it was up to 73 million gallons a day.

Ted Corrigan, Des Moines Water Works CEO, told Iowa Capital Dispatch that Water Works will continue to ask their customers to try to avoid watering their lawn, and to follow a watering schedule. Their goal is to cut down lawn watering by 25 percent.

Utility workers also installed flashboards on the Raccoon River in hopes to raise the water level because the river has been running low recently. The Raccoon River is a large source of water in the Des Moines area.

Drought could lead to forced water limits in Iowa


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Photo by steelersfan8765, Flickr.

Drought conditions could lead to water conservation measures in some parts of Iowa.

Especially in Iowa’s northwest counties, there’s a chance that some areas will have to limit water usage. To avoid getting to this point, Iowans are encouraged to conserve water during their day-to-day activities.

Read more from The Gazette here.

Possible changes on the way to water allocation law


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Photo by amypalko, Flickr.

Changes may be coming to a state law that allows the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to decide what water users get their water shut-off or restricted when water conservation is necessary.

The state law was originally put into place in 1985 when water usage was much different than it is today in Iowa.

The potential revision of the law is largely influenced by the drought. With the drought entering its third year, it has never looked more likely that the current law could be put into action.

Read more from The Gazette here.

On the Radio: Simple water conservation tips


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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode suggests a number of methods for Iowans to conserve water.

Water conservation is a win-win-win scenario: it helps the environment, saves you money and is easy to do.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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Two videos from the Iowa DNR explaining the importance of conserving water and limiting consumerism’s environmental impact


I recently discovered these videos from the Iowa DNR’s YouTube channel. The first one explains the importance of conserving water, and the second one shows the effects of consumerism.