Utility says nitrate levels in Des Moines' water are down

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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES — The Des Moines Water Works says nitrate levels have dropped in the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers and it has ended its request for customers to reduce water use.

The utility had to activate its nitrate removal facility at a daily cost of $7,000 because nitrate levels spiked in the two rivers that provide drinking water to about 500,000 people in the Des Moines area.

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