New Infrastructure Is Required To Remove Nitrates From the Des Moines Water


Des Moines is going through an immense pressure as the city is facing the challenge of nitrates present in the water and the difficulty in the reduction of nitrates comes because the authorities also require some substantial upgrading in the infrastructure.

If the issue prolongs then an expenditure of $150 will have to be done by the city to remove the obsolete technology currently being used and consider to build the new plant that will mitigate the nitrates from the water. The tension for the officials is that is going to be a great hassle to shut down the water system temporarily at the time when the demand is at peak on a hot summer day and start the treatment of the water. During that shutdown period, bottled water will have to be consumed by the customers.

The current system of the nitrate removal is not very effective and only 10 million gallons of water can be treated per day through that system which is just a small percentage of the actual requirement of the region.

Few problems are in progress of getting towards a solution from the courts. 3 main farming counties of Iowa have been prosecuted by the water agency in the federal court against the farm releases that must be limited. But the repercussions have been seen from the agricultural sector of the state that is arguing that the voluntary measures have already been taken by the farmers so that the issue can be mitigated.


The trouble through which the Des Moines Water Works is going through has been demonstrated by the CEO, Bill Stowe. According to him most of the critical assets will have to face the end of their life cycle and the treatment plant built in 1940s is under the concern of the utility as it is not going to be healthy for the infants.

High concentration of the contaminants can be found out in the rivers that are near Des Moines through which water is supplied to over 500,000 residents in the city where the level of nitrates has been seen hiking and making the water dangerous and unworthy to drink.

The policies followed by the state are not criticized by everyone rather the policies have been talked in good words by the farm interests. State has got the support of the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance as well.

An initiative has been taken by the state in the form of these strategies so that the waterways of Iowa can be made free of phosphorus and nitrate by almost 45 percent. The approach of using bipartisan to minimize the load of nitrate is considered to be very important that is going to bring the changes and improvements in the environmental performance in Iowa.

An approval for the grant of $22.4 million has been given by the law makers as well so that the strategy may be implemented effectively.

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