Central Iowa Regional Water

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.

  • Since early 2000s, Central Iowa Regional Drinking Water Commission (CIRDWC), a group of public water suppliers throughout Central Iowa formed by 28E Agreement, have come together to improve Central Iowa through coordinated planning and cooperation in an effort to promote the wise use of resources.  The Commission’s goal is to provide efficient, effective infrastructure and operations to deliver adequate, safe, and affordable drinking water to the region. 
  • 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 Conceptual 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.
2021 Meetings

06/17/21 11:00 AM, Micro Group Outcomes Report Review Presentations      
05/28/21 Micro Group Outcomes Report More...
2020 Meetings

12/16/20 8:00 AM, Central Iowa Regional Water Update Presentations       Video      
02/27/20 2:00 PM, Term Sheet Discussion Agenda       More...
01/30/20 4:45 PM Agenda       Minutes       More...
2019 Meetings

09/26/19 DMWW Discussion Draft Term Sheet More...
2018 Meetings

11/27/18 4:00 PM, Executive Steering Committee/DMWW Board Joint Meeting Agenda       Minutes       More...
10/01/18 3:00 PM, Steering Commitee Agenda       Minutes       More...
08/22/18 7:30 AM, Executive Steering Committee
07/30/18 3:00 PM, Steering Committee Agenda       Minutes       More...
07/25/18 7:30 AM, Executive Steering Committee
07/03/18 10:00 AM, Technical/Financial Committee: Asset Inclusion Group More...
06/28/18 1:00 PM, Technical/Financial Committee Agenda       More...
06/27/18 4:00 PM, Steering Committee Agenda       Minutes       More...
06/22/18 10:00 AM, Technical/Financial Committee: Service Area Group More...
06/21/18 10:00 AM, Technical/Financial Committee: Technical Group More...
06/20/18 7:30 AM, Executive Steering Committee
06/20/18 10:00 AM, Technical/Financial Committee: Managerial Group More...
06/19/18 10:00 AM, Technical/Financial Committee: Asset Inclusion Group More...
05/31/18 1:00 PM, Technical/Financial Committee Agenda       More...
05/23/18 7:30 AM, Executive Steering Committee
05/07/18 7:30 AM, Executive Steering Committee Minutes      
04/26/18 2:00 PM, Technical/Financial Committee Agenda       More...
04/23/18 3:00 PM Workshop Agenda       Minutes       More...
03/05/18 3:00 PM Workshop - CANCELLED
02/08/18 4:00 PM, MOU Workshop 2 Agenda       Minutes       More...
02/07/18 4:00 PM, MOU Workshop 1 Agenda       Minutes       More...
02/01/18 DMWW Comments to Draft Memorandum of Understanding More...
2017 Meetings

12/15/17 7:30 AM Agenda       Minutes       More...
12/14/17 4:00 PM, Workshop 8 Agenda       Minutes       More...
12/06/17 7:30 AM Agenda       Minutes       More...
12/06/17 4:00 PM, Workshop 7 Agenda       Minutes       More...
12/04/17 4:00 PM, Workshop 6 Agenda       Minutes       More...
11/16/17 4:00 PM, Workshop 5 Agenda       Minutes       More...
11/15/17 7:30 AM Agenda       Minutes       More...
11/14/17 4:00 PM, Workshop 4 Agenda       Minutes       More...
10/26/17 4:00 PM, Workshop 3 Agenda       Minutes       More...
10/25/17 7:30 AM Agenda       Minutes       More...
10/23/17 4:00 PM, Workshop 2 Agenda       Minutes       More...
10/11/17 7:30 AM Agenda       Minutes       More...
10/10/17 4:30 PM, Workshop 1 Agenda       Minutes       More...
09/27/17 7:30 AM Agenda       Minutes       More...
09/13/17 7:30 AM Agenda       Minutes       More...
background image