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The sixth annual Citizen Water Academy will be held in Fall of 2024. There is no tuition, fee, or charge to apply or if you're accepted to attend the Citizen Water Academy. 


2024 Academy Dates:

October 10, 9:00 am-1:00 pm

October 17, Noon-4:00 pm

October 24, 9:00 am-1:00 pm

October 31, Noon-4:00 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 provides current and emerging leaders in our community an opportunity to learn and appreciate our most valuable natural resource – the water we depend upon for life!

Attendees will tour our Fleur Drive Treatment Plant; receive hands-on experience with conservation practices designed to improve soil health and water quality; talk with farmers about land use and water quality; learn from soil, water and public health professionals; discuss consumer trust and bottled water consumption; understand what DMWW is doing to prepare for climate change, remove lead water service lines from our community and plan for the future alongside our Central Iowa Water Works’ partners; 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 30, 2024. 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

"The Academy was such a great experience. I enjoyed hearing from experts in local government, biology, agriculture, and more. It was fascinating to learn about the science behind clean water. Anyone who wants to be a better-informed citizen should apply!"

- Ryan Crane, Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Iowa,

board member of Polk County Conservation, and member of the

West Des Moines Public Arts Advisory Commission

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