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March 21, 2017

HF 484/SF 456 A Gamble Not Worth Taking

Legislative Overreach

  • This legislation stands in stark contrast to Home Rule (the right for local self-government).
  • Iowa Code Chapter 388, states that a city may establish or dispose of a city utility, but it is subject to the approval of the voters of the city.
  • This legislation takes the right to vote out of the hands of the citizens of Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Urbandale.
  • In a recent survey of the Des Moines metro, 88% of registered voters said that people who live in the community should have final say over whether to remove an independent utility.
  • The poll results mirror the results of the West Des Moines vote in 2003, on whether or not to dissolve its independent water utility.

Regionalization is already Underway and should not be forced

  • Safe drinking water is a public health issue, and should not be gambled.
  • Regionalization needs to be done in a thoughtful and meaningful manner.
  • Des Moines Water Works is open to and has been actively participating in regionalization discussions for the past few years.
  • It is not necessary for the legislature to create a study committee to examine regionalization because one already exists.  It’s called CIRDWC – Central Iowa Regional Drinking Water Commission.
  • CIRDWC has already completed a regionalization study, and is now in the final stages of a 20-year forecast of the water needs in central Iowa.
  • CIRDWC already provides every metro community with a seat at the table.  This legislative action would not only duplicate and confuse ongoing efforts, but also disregard the work that has already be done.

HF 484 is a mess

  • It takes the management of delivering safe and affordable drinking water from professionals and puts in the hands of politicians.
  • HF 484, as written, has no plan, no mechanism for funding, no assurance that technical experts will be involved.
  • The bill has been changed numerous times; it has had new amendments and language added and then deleted.  The 500,000 people who rely on Des Moines Water Works have been left in the dark.
  • Water utility boards were set up independent from city councils for a reason – to protect a public health necessity from politics.  Simply stated, it is an independent local water utility owned by its customers and it works, and has worked for 100 years.
Posted by: Laura Sarcone 9 Comments
Labels: , , , Posted in Board of Trustees, History, Infrastructure, Public Policy, Source Water, Water Quality, Water Treatment March 28, 2011

Wellness @ Work

DMWW recently had the opportunity to attend the Physical Activity Training Summit sponsored by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) www.welcoa.org. Now why would we want to go to training about physical activity?  Consider this quote from Dr. David Hunnicut, President of WELCOA. “Physical Activity is medicine.  If sold as a pill, it would be the single-most effective medicine available.  It’s as close to a silver bullet as anything we have.” He went on to say that by walking 30 to 45 minutes on most days, we can delay the onset of disability 10 – 12 years. 

According to the American Heart Association, we gain two hours of life expectancy for every one hour of vigorous exercise, like brisk walking www.startwalkingnow.org.  Why wouldn’t we jump on this bandwagon?  For many, it is lack of time or inconvenience.  As an employer, DMWW is committed to the health of its workforce and we want to make it easy.  DMWW’s employee health team encourages fellow employees to engage in physical activity, inlcluding the following:

  1. Loaner bikes:  hop on one of the loaner bikes to travel to a meeting in another building or take a ride in Water Works Park during lunch break.
  2. Wellness Walks:  walk 500,000 steps in 75 days and win prizes and a healthy lunch in an incentive contest.
  3. Garden work-out:  keep moving by planting and caring for flowers and veggies in the DMWW employee garden plot.  Those veggies give healthy eating a boost too!
  4. 100 hour challenge:  exercise for 100 hours and earn points in an incentive contest.
  5. Community events:  participate in five community sponsored races, runs, or walks – like the upcoming Grand Blue Mile: http://www.grandbluemile.com)  and receive a DMWW high-quality moisture-wicking technical logo shirt. 

We know it takes only 30 seconds of exercise before the health benefits begin.  Small adjustments can lead to big changes.  We just need to get moving! What are your ideas for keeping employees physically active?   Do you need motiviation to start?  It’s National Start! Walking Day on April 6, 2011!  For a free toolkit, go to: http://www.startwalkingnow.org/about_start_walking_day.jsp.

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