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Green Initiatives

Green Initiatives

Des Moines Water Works has a long history of striving to be environmentally responsible.  Our forefathers believed strongly in protecting the water quality of our river sources, and as such acquired the land that is today Water Works Park and Maffitt Reservoir.  Through the decades, our employees have also invested in upgrading our infrastructure to make it more energy efficient, like installing energy efficient pumps and motors at our water treatment plants and remote pumping facilities.

Our utility is a member of the Climate Registry, a nonprofit collaboration among North American states, provinces, territories, and Native Sovereign Nations that sets consistent and transparent standards to calculate, verify, and publicly report greenhouse gas emissions into a single registry.

Des Moines Water Works formed a “Green Team” in March of 2010.  This team is made up of employees from each department within the utility.  Their mission is “to serve as a liaison to employees and customers, communicating, promoting, and implementing sustainability and stewardship initiatives that demonstrate environmental responsibility to the community.”

One of the first activities of the Green Team was to expand DMWW’s recycling program to the new single-stream recycling now available.  As part of that project, additional recycling bins have been located to make it easier for employees to recycle and in some departments the number of trash cans have been reduced.  DMWW is also recycling batteries, ink cartridges, computer equipment, cell phones, light bulbs, used oil and oil filters, anti-freeze, tires, scrap metal (including old hydrants, valves, and pipe), and concrete from main breaks.

DMWW’s Green Team has a variety of projects planned to help create a more environmentally responsible workplace and utility for its employees and our community.

All of our actions are meant to ensure the management and protection of our watersheds and natural resources for the benefit of future generations. Providing drinking water you can trust for life – today and in the future – is DMWW’s mission.  By protecting the Des Moines and Raccoon River Watersheds, we can serve our communities and share the benefits of our natural environment, including an abundance of source water with the capacity to provide drinking water to many generations to come. This is a responsibility we all share.


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Project H20

Project H20

Learn about DMWW's voluntary program to assist low-income households in the Des Moines metro.