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Record Use for Des Moines Water Works’ Nitrate Removal Facility

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Water Works has broken a record.

As of Thursday, its nitrate removal facility has been in operation for 111 days this year and there is no indication that will end anytime soon. The previous record was 106 days in 1999.

Continued high nitrate levels in the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers have forced Des Moines Water Works to activate its nitrate removal facility in order to keep water safe for consumption.

Last month, Water Works filed a lawsuit against Sac, Buena Vista, and Calhoun counties claiming they are responsible for the high nitrate levels.