Drought Not a Problem at Water Works - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Drought Not a Problem at Water Works

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by Phil Prazan



There are sticks and dry rocks but there isn't a lot of water in the Racoon River.  Des Moines Water Works says this water situation is not as bad as it looks.

Metro residents sit pretty because of how water works draws from two rivers, the Des Moines and the Racoon Rivers.

When low levels on the Racoon River create a water quality threat - algae, bacteria and run off from farm chemicals - engineers at Water Works switch over to the Des Moines River.

Saylorville Reservoir keeps a steady flow south towards the metro, using water it's collected earlier this summer and cleans it through natural processes.

Geography gave waterworks a flexible environment to work around these drought conditions.
"So far despite the hot, dry weather we've had recently.  We're managing through the process that meets your demands," says Bill Stowe from Des Moines Water Works.

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