Des Moines Water Works: Providing Central Iowa with Safe and Clean Water Since 1919

Be Part of the Next 100 Years

“Excellent speakers with quality information. This will help me be a much better citizen and advocate.”

– Patricia Prijatel, Drake Professor Emerita and health writer; Citizen Water Academy 2018 graduate

About the Academy

The 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 will 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 our expert Des Moines Water Works staff over the four sessions of this program.  It is our hope that participants not only come away from the Water Academy with a better understanding of their local water utility, but are also equipped to help lead the debate on important water issues now and in the future.  

There is no tuition, fee, or charge to apply to attend the Citizen Water Academy.

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2201 George Flagg Parkway

Des Moines, Iowa

Tel: 515-283-8705

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Due to the safety challenges related to COVID-19, Des Moines Water Works has decided to cancel the 2020 session of the Citizen Water Academy.  Dates and times for the 2021 Citizen Water Academy will be announced next spring.




The Citizen Water Academy is a free, four-session crash course about the history, use and management of water in the Central Iowa region. The mission of the Academy is to create a network of emerging leaders who are knowledgeable and engaged in water issues. 


Des Moines
 Water Works

Des Moines Water Works is an independently operated regional utility providing drinking water to approximately 500,000 people in the Greater Des Moines area. DMWW is the largest water utility in Iowa, among the largest 100 utilities in the country, and is recognized as an industry leader. Our goal is to deliver Water You Can Trust for Life.