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After rains, D.M. Water Works suspends voluntary lawn-watering restrictions

By: - July 15, 2021 3:46 pm
The Raccoon River in the Des Moines area is among the most-polluted in the state.

The Raccoon River is a main source of drinking water for the Des Moines area. (Photo by Perry Beeman, Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Des Moines Water Works has suspended its call for voluntary cutbacks on lawn-watering after rains eased local drought conditions.

Utility officials said the request that property owners reduce lawn watering by 25% is not needed now, but could be repeated if conditions deteriorate later.

Demand had exceeded 90% of capacity during a recent period of high temperatures, prompting the original conservation request, Water Works reported.

The utility still encourages its 500,000 customers to avoid watering lawns on Mondays. Water Works also asks residents with even-numbered addresses to water on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Those with odd-numbered addresses should water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Avoid watering between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Those voluntary measures help even out demand, utility officials said.

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Perry Beeman
Perry Beeman

Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.