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Xenia Rural Water District Lifts Water Shortage Plan; Encourages Wise Water Use Practices Continue


For immediate release
July 15, 2021


Xenia Rural Water District lifting the Stage 1 of the metro area’s Water Shortage Plan effective immediately because of reduced cusomter deman and lessening drought conditions.

Last month, Xenia Rural Water District and Des Moines Water Works, the entity in which Xenia receives a portion of its water, implemented a 25 percent reduction in lawn watering, stage one of the metro’s plan, when customer demand caused Des Moines Water Works’ treatment plants to operate at more than 90 percent of capacity.


Xenia appreciates collective efforts to adhere to the request to reduce their water usage and use water wisely. Recent rains have helped from both a river level and customer demand perspective, allowing the restriction to be lifted.


Des Moines Water Works continues to monitor water use and water quality on a daily basis. Conditions can change quickly and could lead to reinstatement of the Water Shortage Plan. Specifically, Des Moines Water Works monitors for microcystin in both the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers on a daily basis. Microcystin is a toxin produced when harmful algae blooms are fueled by nitrogen and phosphorus contamination in surface waters. 


As a result, Xenia encourages all residential and business customers to continue to follow the Wise Water Use odd/even/no Monday lawn watering schedule: Recommended Wise Water Use Irrigation Schedule | Des Moines Water Works (dmww.com)


The metro area’s Water Shortage Plan could be re-implemented in situations where water quality could affect system demand, or cause pressure, quality or availability issues.

Water quality can change on a daily basis. Customers should visit the utility’s website: www.dmww.com and follow DMWW on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (dsmh2o) for the most up-to-date information.  Information will also be updated on Xenia’s website: www.xeniawater.org.