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Lawsuit likely over nitrates in Iowa’s water


January 8, 2015
By Brandi Cowen

Jan. 8, 2015, Des Moines, IA – Des Moines Water Works is expected to pursue a lawsuit against three northwestern Iowa counties that manage drainage districts with high concentrations of nitrates.

The Des Moines Register reports that the water utility activated its nitrate removal facility in early December 2014 due to unseasonably high nitrate levels in two local rivers. It costs approximately $4,000 per day to operate the facility.

If the lawsuit goes forward, it could be one of the first in the U.S. filed by a water utility holding local officials responsible for pollution from farm drainage system.