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Central Iowa Regional Water Discussion

Des Moines Water Works and other metro communities have a rich history of working together to provide water to the entire Des Moines Metro area.

• 2017: FCS Group, a national utility consulting firm, was retained by Des Moines Water Works (DMWW), Urbandale Water Utility and West Des Moines Water Works to gather data, conduct analysis and meet with stakeholders to establish a model for a regional water authority. FCS also completed an in-depth financial analysis of the regional concept compared to the existing water supply model.

• October 2018: The initial FCS Group financial analysis showed significant benefits to regionalizing water production in central Iowa. The formation of a regional water utility was proposed, though there was lack of consensus for the model that was suggested.

• Des Moines Water Works considered alternatives to the initial model with a commitment to three guiding principles: 1) Collaborative decision-making focused on conserving and protecting the natural resource of water is in the best interest of the people of the region; 2) Drinking water should be produced and made available in a manner that is fair and equitable to every person, business, government entity, and organization in the region; 3) Shared risk should result in shared benefits. The wise management and conservation of water is beneficial to the entire region and, over the long-term, will result in lower regional costs.

• September 2019: DMWW submitted an alternative framework in the form of a “Term Sheet” to regional partners.

• March 2020: Discussions were delayed because of the COVID19 pandemic.

• July 2020: A micro group of DMWW, Urbandale Water Utility and West Des Moines Water Works (the three board-managed utilities) began to meet on a weekly basis to address outstanding questions.

• April 2021: The Micro Group finalized its conceptual framework for a regionalization model.

• May 2021: The framework was made public to customers and other potential regional partners.

Please check the schedule below for public meeting information. Public input into the process is invited and encouraged.

  • Regional Water Update - December 16, 2020 - 8:00 am
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Term Sheet Discussion - February, 27, 2:00 pm - Des Moines Water Works
  • Central Iowa Regional Water - January 30, 4:45 pm, Des Moines Water Works
  • Central Iowa Water Exec Committee/DMWW Board Joint Meeting - November 27, 2018, 4:00 PM
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Steering Committee - October 1, 2018, 3:00 PM, Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Executive Steering Committee - August 22, 2018, 7:30 AM, Urbandale City Hall
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Steering Committee - July 30, 2018, 3:00 PM, Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Executive Steering Committee - July 25, 2018, 7:30 AM, Urbandale City Hall
  • Technical/Financial Committee: Asset Inclusion Group - July 3, 10:00 am - Clive City Hall
  • Central Iowa Regional Workgroup Technical/Financial Committee - June 28, 1:00 pm
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Steering Committee - June 27, 2018, 4:00 PM, Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Technical/Financial Committee: Service Area Group - June 22, 10:00 am
  • Technical/Financial Committee: Technical Group - June 21, 10:00 am
  • Technical/Financial Committee: Managerial Group - June 20, 10:00 am
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Executive Steering Committee - June 20, 2018, 7:30 AM, Urbandale City Hall
  • Technical/Financial Committee: Asset Inclusion Group - June 19, 10:00 am
  • Central Iowa Regional Workgroup Technical/Financial Committee - May 31, 1:00 pm
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Executive Steering Committee - May 23, 2018, 7:30 AM, Urbandale City Hall
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Executive Steering Committee - May 7, 2018
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Technical/Financial Committee Co-Chairs - April 26, 2018, 2:00 PM
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Workshop - April 23, 2018, 3:00 PM
  • CANCELLED - Central Iowa Regional Water Workshop - March 5, 2018, 3:00 PM
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Workshop - February 8, 2018, 4:00 PM
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Workshop - February 7, 2018, 4:00 PM
  • DMWW Comments to Draft Memorandum of Understanding
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Meeting - December 15, 7:30 AM - Urbandale City Hall
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Workshop 8 - December 14, 4:00 PM
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Workshop 7 - December 6, 4:00 PM
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Meeting - December 6, 7:30 AM - Urbandale City Hall
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Workshop 6 - December 4, 11:00 AM
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Workshop 5 - November 16, 4:00 PM
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Meeting - November 15, 7:30 AM - Urbandale City Hall
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Workshop 4 - November 14, 4:00 PM
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Workshop 3 - October 26, 2017, 4:00 PM {No Audio Recording}
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Meeting - October 25, 2017, 7:30 AM - Urbandale City Hall
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Workshop 2 - October 23, 2017, 4:00 PM
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Meeting - October 11, 2017, 7:30 AM - Urbandale City Hall
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Workshop 1 - October 10, 2017, 4:30 PM
  • Central Iowa Regional Water Meeting - September 27, 2017, 7:30 AM - Urbandale City Hall
  • Central Iowa Regional Water - September 13, 2017, 7:30 AM - Urbandale City Hall

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