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June 2, 2011

2011 Legislative Wrap-up

At this time of year the legislators have generally wrapped up the state’s business and gone home.  But 2011 finds them still haggling over the budget. Cuts in budget appropriations for the Departments of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and Natural Resources (DNR)  could have potential impacts on the drinking water industry and the protection of water resources treated for drinking water.

The IDALS/DNR appropriation is less than 1% of the total state budget, yet they continue to experience severe budget cuts.  These cuts will negatively impact services provided and increase the amount of response time to provide those services.  Last year 63% of Iowa voters told legislators they wanted more money spent on the protection of Iowa’s water, land, and air resources (I Will Campaign).  Instead, budgets for both departments have been cut again.  Ramifications of the appropriation budget cuts could: 

  • Potentially increase fees paid by all Iowa drinking water utilities
  • Delay flood plain mapping
  • Delay evaluation of Iowa’s groundwater aquifers to project and ensure future water availability
  • Reduce lake and ambient stream water quality sampling
  • Reduce siting assistance and enforcement of livestock facility regulations
  • Curtail watershed projects in the Des Moines and Raccoon River watersheds

Surface and ground water resources and drinking water infrastructure are owned by you, as a citizen of Iowa.  You have charged the state (the governor and legislature) with improving and protecting Iowa’s water resources.  You have charged each utility with the maintenance and protection of its infrastructure.  Continued budget cuts and the lack of political will in discussing and acting on water quality and quantity issues needs to be addressed.  Advocacy as a citizen is a powerful tool.  Use it to ensure that your infrastructure and abundant water resources are improved and protected for future generations.

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How Do We Define “Quality” in Drinking Water?

Quality is one of those rare words that everyone knows, but few can define. In basic use, it implies a degree of worth or excellence. Digging a little deeper, we say that it is a distinguishable aspect of something or someone, and perhaps not necessarily a good aspect. When we speak of quality drinking water, what exactly do we mean, and what are the standards for high quality?

The Safe Drinking Water Act established 10 regulated parameters in 1974. Now there are about 100. Water supplied by municipal systems like DMWW must not contain more than specified amounts of these regulated parameters—the primary drinking water standards. These are standards or limits on certain pollutants that may present a health hazard if found your drinking above a certain concentration.

Water can meet the regulations for these primary standards, but still be nearly impossible to drink because of objectionable tastes, odors, or appearance. Substances that do not pose a health hazard, but can diminish the quality of drinking water, include iron, manganese, certain salts, excess hardness, and algae.

Finally, most people associate high quality water with acceptable water pressure at the tap, cost, and service dependability.

Staff at DMWW strives to produce water that meets customers’ definition of “high quality” in every way. DMWW water has met all regulations for the primary drinking water standards for nearly 20 years running. Tests are conducted and treatment processes are monitored hundreds of times a day to ensure that the water will taste good and enter your home without objectionable odors. Our field service and distribution employees strive to deliver acceptable pressure and dependable service at the tap through extensive monitoring of our piping systems. And all staff strives to produce safe Water You Can Trust for Life at an affordable cost to Des Moines area residents. Quality water is a quality of life issue, so if the water entering your home does not meet your standards for quality, be sure to let us know.

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