(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Des Moines Water Works is concerned that there may be drought conditions this summer, and that it could impact the quality of the city’s drinking water.
The Des Moines Register reports that Water Works held a meeting with north side residents where CEO Bill Stowe explained the situation. When water levels drop it leads to increased algae growth, and water quality suffers.
“We can manage the production of water,” Stowe told the crowd, “but what we’re concerned about is water quality.”
If there is a drought, Water Works can tap into a reserve in the Saylorville Lake reservoir, but they must ask the Army Corps of Engineers to draw down the lake in order to do so.
Stowe also encouraged conservation, saying that high quality water should not be wasted. A ban on irrigating lawns would likely be enforced again if need be.
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