With Covid-19 cases on the rise in Polk County, Des Moines Water Works has postponed the fourth annual Citizen Water Academy, originally scheduled to be held fall 2021.  The Academy will instead be held in 2022 on May 5, 12, 19, and 26.  The kick-off of the Academy will coincide with National Drinking Water Week. 


The William G. Stowe Citizen Water Academy of Central Iowa is designed to help current and emerging leaders in our community learn and appreciate our most important natural resource – the water we depend on for life. 


Attendees receive 16 hours of instruction, tour multiple treatment plants operated by Des Moines Water Works, listen to presentations from soil and water professionals, and interact with Des Moines Water Works staff over the four sessions of this program.  It is the Academy's goal that participants not only have a better understanding of their local water utility but are also equipped to help lead the discussion on important water issues now and in the future.

What to Expect


All sessions are held at Des Moines Water Works' General Office


Session 1

May 5, 2022, 1:00-5:30 pm
Imagine a Day Without Water

Session 2

May 12, 1:00-5:30 pm
What is the Value of Clean Water?

Session 3

May 19, 2022, 1:00-5:00 pm
Restoring and Protecting Source Water – Diverse Efforts on the Ground

Session 4 and Graduation

May 26, 2022, 1:00-5:00 pm
Formulating Policy Perspectives to Restore and Protect Source Water

“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