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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