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Des Moines Water Works Moves Forward with Legal Action to Protect Clean Water

January 09, 2015

From Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters: The board of the state's largest water utility has voted unanimously to sue three northern Iowa counties, holding them responsible for the high nitrate levels in rivers the utility uses for source water. Des Moines Water Works CEO and General Manager Bill Stowe says there have been significant peaks in nitrate levels throughout the last three years.

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Water Works plans to sue three counties

January 07, 2015

Des Moines Water Works is expected to pursue a lawsuit against three northwestern Iowa counties that manage drainage districts with high concentrations of nitrates. Water Works officials say the nitrates, which flow into the Raccoon River, threaten the city's water quality. The Board of Water Works Trustees will vote Thursday to move forward with the lawsuit in what's expected to be a unanimous decision, according to chairman Graham Gillette.

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