The Stage 1 Water Conservation request made by Des Moines Water Works and all metro area water utilities to voluntarily cease or reduce lawn irrigation will be canceled, effective September 1.
Customer water demand has tapered off in recent weeks as peak lawn irrigation season is past, and voluntary water conservation is no longer necessary; however, if low river flows and dry ground conditions persist into next spring and summer, the conservation plan will need to be reinitiated.
The water conservation request was issued in July due to the excessive temperatures and near historic low river levels. Des Moines Water Works customers set a record water usage of 96.6 million gallons on July 24, and the month of July was an all-time record month of 2.5 billion gallons of water.
“While the Stage 1 request calling for decreased lawn irrigation has been lifted for now, we encourage all Des Moines and suburb customers to continue observing wise water practices to be good stewards of nature’s most precious resource,” said Randy Beavers, Des Moines Water Works CEO and General Manager.