Nitrate Levels Continue to Rise in Des Moines—Could Cost Consumers Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

Blog, Environmental Issues, Health

If you read last month’s blog about record-high nitrate levels in the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers, then you won’t be surprised to know that CEO of Des Moines Water Works Bill Stowe released a statement intending to activate the nitrate removal facility in an attempt to maintain the safety of drinking water for the second consecutive year.

Water Safety by the Numbers

The federal limit of nitrate levels in drinking water is 10 mg/L. But the nitrate levels in the Raccoon River alone have been above the Environmental Protection Agency’s standard since September, culminating in a record-breaking high of 13.25 mg/L in the month of November. The Des Moines River’s nitrate levels jumped from 7.2 mg/L to 11.88 mg/L in just two months.

Stowe was quoted in the Des Moines Register saying that the Water Works staff “employed extensive efforts to mitigate nitrate levels, but … were left with no alternative but to activate the nitrate removal facility.”

When the nitrate levels were too high in 2013, the nitrate removal facility was active for 74 days, and it was the 500,000 central Iowa consumers who paid the price. Not only was the water unsafe to drink, but ratepayers were forced to spend over $900,000 in treatment costs and lost revenues—an avoidable expense that they will likely have to pay for again this year.

Did you know that only 1% of the water in your home is used for drinking? That means Des Moines Water Works customers are paying almost $1 million in treatment costs just to flush 99% of their treated water down the drain.

The Clear Solution

With Crystal Clear Water, you never have to be concerned about the safety of your drinking water nor will you have to worry about water waste. Our water has zero nitrates and no contamination.

We adhere to strict guidelines set by the International Bottled Water Association from the beginning all the way to the end of the production process. And with our thorough analysis, we ensure every drop of water we provide conforms to consistent, high standards of quality. We’ve even been recognized for our excellent manufacturing practices for several years. Plus, we understand that each home or business has its own needs and preferences when it comes to water use and consumption, which is why we customize water solutions to suit your specific needs. Whether you want softer water at home, a water cooler in the office, or better-tasting water in general, Crystal Clear provides the water treatment systems that are right for you.

Contact us for residential or commercial water treatment and delivery services. We proudly serve home and business owners in the Des Moines area, including Ames, Ankeny, Indianola, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Pella, Urbandale, Waukee, and Winterset.

To learn more about the Des Moines Water Works nitrate levels and some of the health risks associated with nitrates, please read our previous blog post here.