Archive for November, 2012

November 7, 2012

Log Cabin in Water Works Park

In early 1928, a log cabin was built to provide winter shelter for workers who were clearing the back tracts of the water supply grounds.  Nestled among the trees in the western portion of the park and built of native wood, the cabin and outdoor stone fireplace were made available to the general public when the park opened in April 1933.

An article published in the April 19, 1933, issue of the Des Moines Tribune said, “The log cabin on the Des Moines Water Works grounds is one of the most popular picnic spots in the city. Charles S. Denman, manager of the water company, said that the cabin, which was opened to the public April 1, is booked for the remainder of the season, which will end September 1. Denman said his office has had as high as 80 applications in one day for use of the cabin by Des Moines organizations.  Reservations include lodges, bridge groups, Sunday school classes, church congregations, sororities, sewing circles, and ladies’ aid societies.”

By 1955, the cabin was in such disrepair that it was torn down, but the fireplace and chimney were left and are still standing.Today the “log cabin area” is a popular spot for scouting events.

Posted by: Pat Ripley 2 Comments
Labels: , , , Posted in About Us, Parks November 5, 2012

Safety at Des Moines Water Works

A reliable supply of clean, healthy water to your home or business requires a lot of things and one of the most critical is Des Moines Water Works employees.  Healthy, safe workers are paramount to delivering water you can trust for life.

Des Moines Water Works has many layers of safety to protect employees as well as the public.  For example, Des Moines Water Works has a fleet of nearly 100 vehicles, so driving safety is paramount to employees as well as the public.  When you’re on Fleur Drive, downtown, a major street or residential area, watch for orange signs and cones.  They aren’t just placed there for your inconvenience.  They protect Water Works employees while working and protect the public while driving.  Water Works employees go through regular training to know federal requirements on the proper set up of these temporary traffic control situations.

Other steps taken to protect employees includes an employee safety committee, regular safety training, safety inspections and observations, accident investigations and having safety rules, policies and programs in place.  Employees receive training and reminders about driving safely from supervisors, the Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa Department of Transportation, and the National Safety Council.  Employees also wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when needed.

Just like all Des Moines Water employees, buckle up, scan for hazards, and watch your speed.  Safety is everybody’s business!

Posted by: Laura Sarcone No Comments
Labels: , , , , Posted in About Us, Customers, Employees November 1, 2012

Where Does it Go?

Most people want to help the environment by doing the right thing, but they don’t always know where it should go.  Properly disposing of unwanted items is important to keep pollution off the street and out of our source water.  Here are some of the things that people often have questions about.

Plastic bottles:  Bottles with twist-off lids (e.g. milk, water, detergent, mayonnaise, medicine bottles) can be recycled in your CurbIt! cart.  Rinse them out and the lid can be left on or off.  If they contained hazardous materials, throw the bottle out if empty.

Plastic containers:  Only margarine and yogurt containers can be recycled.  Rinse out and throw lids in trash.  Sour cream and ice cream containers cannot be recycled.

Cardboard milk and juice cartons:  Rinse out and recycle in CurbIt! cart.

Phonebooks:  Recycle in CurbIt! cart.

Aerosol cans:  If held non-hazardous materials and are empty, recycle in CurbIt! cart.

Shredded paper:  Can be recycled by putting in paper sack or box (not plastic bag) and placing in CurbIt! cart.

Light bulbs:  Throw incandescent bulbs in trash and take fluorescent bulbs to Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-off in Bondurant.

Plastic bags:  Take to grocery store that has containers for recycling them – do not put them in your recycling cart.

Batteries:  Rechargeable batteries (lithium, cadmium) and car batteries should be taken to the Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-offAlkaline batteries can be throw in the garbage or taken to Batteries Plus, Interstate Battery or Home Depot.

Packing peanuts:  Take to a UPS store to be reused.

Hazardous chemicals (toxic, flammable, corrosive, reactive):  If still some left in the container, take to Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-off, if empty, throw container in trash.

Medicines:  Check out the Iowa Pharmaceutical Take Back Program at  or double-bag them and put them in the trash.

Yard waste:  Never put in the trash! Put in CompostIt! bags at the curb to be picked up.

To find out more, check out Metro Waste Authority’s  “Where It Should Go Guide” for a list of where everything from A to Z should go.

Posted by: Gail Peckumn No Comments
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