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WATER WORKS: Stage 1 Conservation Over

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Water use restrictions are easing up in the metro.

On Saturday, Des Moines Water Works will lift its voluntary request for people to conserve water. The request was issued in July because of lack of rainfall and record high water use.

On July 24th, Water Works reached a record usage of 9.6 million gallons. Monthly usage for July also set a record with 2.5 billion gallons of water.

“While the Stage 1 request calling for decreased lawn irrigation has been lifted for now, we encourage all Des Moines and suburb customers to continue observing wise water practices to be good stewards of nature’s most precious resource,” Water Works CEO Randy Beavers.

Water Works officials say the plan could be reinstated and even increased to mandatory water conservation if low river levels and dry ground conditions continue into next spring and summer.