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The fifth annual Citizen Water Academy will be held in Fall of 2023. There is no tuition, fee, or charge to apply or if you're accepted to attend the Citizen Water Academy. 


2023 Academy Dates:

October 5, 9:00 am-1:00 pm

October 12, Noon-5:00 pm

October 19, 9:00 am-1:00 pm

October 26, Noon-5:00 pm


The William G. Stowe Citizen Water Academy of Central Iowa invites attendees to experience a behind-the-scenes look at how Des Moines Water Works, Iowa’s largest drinking water utility, ensures central Iowans have access to water when they need it.

This Academy has been revamped to help current and emerging leaders in our community learn and appreciate our most valuable natural resource – the water we depend upon for life!

Attendees will tour our Fleur Drive Treatment Plant; visit the farm Des Moines Water Works owns and talk with our tenant farmer about conservation practices on the land; learn from soil, water and public health professionals; discuss affordability, access to water, consumer trust and bottled water consumption; dive into federal and state policy related to farm incentives and water quality; and brainstorm ways to get involved as urban residents, all with the ultimate goal of having a better understanding of your local water utility and the role you can play in improving water quality in our state. There will be opportunities to work in small groups and built-in networking events.

Apply today!

The deadline to apply is August 31, 2023. Registration will be limited.

“Highly informative. A good way to learn or improve tools to help tackle Iowa's clean water issues.”

– Ross Grooters, City of Pleasant Hill Councilmember

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