Des Moines suing neighboring counties for polluting city’s water supply

The Des Moines Water Works recently stated that they are suing nearby counties for contaminating the rivers that provides potable water to the city, NPR reported on January 12.

General Manager of the agency Bill Stowe said the nitrogen fertilizers used by farmers on the cornfields are converted into nitrate when they go into the two rivers through the drainage systems made by three upstream counties. In large amounts, nitrate chemical can pose health hazards that are particularly dangerous to babies under 6 months old. The Des Moines Water Works already forwarded a formal letter to the counties involved in contaminating the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers. Aside from contaminating the city’s potable water, the pollutants also kill aquatic life.

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