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WATER WORKS: Turbidity Levels In Drinking Water Unusually High

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The Des Moines Water Works – Fleur Drive Treatment Plant said it recently violated a drinking water standard.

Officials from the treatment plant said it did not meet treatment requirements for drinking water recently by allowing water turbidity to be far higher than normal.

Turbidity measures the degree of water clarity and transparency due to the presence of other particles in the water.  The more there is suspended in the water, the murkier it looks and the higher the turbidity would be.

The normal turbidity levels in the plant are typically less than 0.1-turbidity units.  A recent sample taken on Dec. 12 showed turbidity units at 1.53, according to the water works plant.  Because the turbidity units in the water tested at the plant, there is an increased chance that the water may cause disease-causing organisms.

Des Moines Water Works said the water turbidity levels should have no health effects but can interfere with disinfection and could contain bacteria.  Turbidity levels at the Fleur Drive Treatment Plant are back at normal turbidity levels, according to Des Moines Water Works.

Anyone with questions about water turbidity and the proper levels can contact the Des Moines Water Works at 515-283-8700 or via email at customerservice@dmww.com.

For the full report from Des Moines Water Works, visit the city of Waukee website here.

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