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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.

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. With water quality on the minds of Central Iowans, DMWW is launching the Academy in an effort to engage the public in more detail about the evolution of drinking water and understand plans for the future that meet the growing needs of our community.

Though DMWW has successfully supplied safe, abundant and affordable drinking water to central Iowans for over 100 years, the associated planning, production, distribution, monitoring and challenges presented by contaminated source water are not common knowledge among most citizens. At the end, DMWW hopes the Academy graduates will be empowered and armed with knowledge to educate others about water and have confidence to answer questions from family members, neighbors and co-workers.