WATER RELEASE: Request For Increased Flow

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The Des Moines Water Works announced Tuesday morning it will exercise its right to have the Army Corps of Engineers release more water from Saylorville Lake.

The additional release of water, 30 cubic feet per second, will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16th.

In part the release is to test the procedures so the process runs smoothly in the future. It will also help ensure there’s enough water in the Des Moines River for Water Works to treat.

Des Moines Water Works invested $2.4 million 30 years ago for access to the water supply at the Saylorville reservoir.  An annual payment of approximately $100,000 is also made to maintain a pumping facility at Saylorville.