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UPDATE: With Covid-19 cases on the rise in Polk County, Des Moines Water Works has postponed the fourth annual Citizen Water Academy, originally scheduled to be held this fall.  The Academy will instead be held in 2022 on May 5, 12, 19, and 26.  The kick-off of the Academy will coincide with National Drinking Water Week. 

With drinking water and water recreation on the minds of central Iowans, Des Moines Water Works is hosting the fourth annual William G. Stowe Citizen Water Academy of Central Iowa in May, 2022. The Academy is a free, four-session crash course about the history, use and management of water in the central Iowa region and the Des Moines and Raccoon River Watersheds.

It is designed to help current and emerging leaders in our community learn about and appreciate our most important natural resource – the water we depend on for life.  The mission of the Academy is to create a network of leaders who are knowledgeable and engaged in water issues.

Attendees receive 16 hours of instruction, tour multiple treatment plants operated by Des Moines Water Works, hear from more than a dozen expert soil and water professionals, and interact with Des Moines Water Works staff over the four sessions of this program.  It is the Academy's goal that participants not only have a better understanding of their local water utility but are also equipped to help lead the discussion on important water issues now and in the future.  For more information or to apply, visit  Application deadline has been extended to February 1st, 2022.
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