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November 23, 2015

Water Works Memorial Contributions

Fountain and purple flowersFishing in the ponds, picnicking under the Arie den Boer Arboretum crabapple blossoms, hiking in Denman Woods or horseback riding along the bridle trails – just as Water Works Park offers a perfect setting for a variety of activities, so too can it serve as a perfect gift for a variety of occasions.

A memorial gift to the urban forest within Water Works Park is a unique and thoughtful way to honor a loved one, celebrate weddings, anniversaries, graduations, or just to let someone know you’re thinking of them. Your tax-deductible gift will help maintain and sustain Water Works Park as one of America’s largest urban parks for the enjoyment of all – now and for future generations.

There are two categories of gifts to the urban forest within Water Works Park: Tribute Gift (in honor/memory of) and Donation Gift (general contribution). Tribute recipients or their families will receive a customized acknowledgment card, without reference to amount, to notify them of your gift. All donors and tribute recipients will be recognized on our website, unless you wish to remain anonymous.

Making a tribute or donation gift to Water Works Park is easy. Visit and use the online form or download a printable form to fill out and mail with contribution.  For additional information, please contact Des Moines Water Works at (515) 283-8702.

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2016 Budget and Water Rates

The Board of Water Works Trustees has proposed Des Moines Water Works’ 2016 calendar year budget, which includes revenue from 2016 rate increases for Des Moines, total service, and wholesale water customers.  The 10 percent rate increase for all customers, approved by the Board in October, equates to an increase of about $2.55 per month for a four-person household (7,500 gallons) inside Des Moines.

The rate increases will result in approximately $3.2 million of increased water revenue for 2016. As the Board moves toward greater investment in the water utility’s infrastructure, rate increases will be more consistent with the challenges of producing and delivering quality water.

The proposed 2016 budget includes $59.4 million of operating revenue. Operating expenses are budgeted at $40.6 million, while capital infrastructure costs are budgeted at $22.2 million.

The Board of Water Works Trustees will hold a public hearing for the proposed 2016 budget on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. at Des Moines Water Works’ general office, located at 2201 George Flagg Parkway, in Des Moines.

New water rates will go into effect April 1, 2016. For a complete listing of Des Moines Water Works’ 2016 water rate structure, visit

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