Don't dismantle Des Moines Water Works, Stop H.F 484
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There is an attempt being made to reorganize Des Moines Water Works after 150 years of delivering safe and affordable drinking water to central Iowans. Help to protect our only source of clean drinking water and prevent the lawmakers from dismantling Des Moines Water Works in an attempt to dismiss the lawsuit.
Regardless of your stance on the lawsuit, we all need clean drinking water. The premise of the lawsuit is to redefine and regulate agricultural drainage tile as point source pollution under the Clean Water Act. This lawsuit has the potential to do more for clean water and public health in Iowa now than perhaps any time throughout history. If there is a water issue to get behind, this is the one and now is the time. Nitrate causes cancer at levels below the current drinking water threshold. 10 parts per million (ppm) of Nitrates in drinking water is the MAXIMUM that the United States Environmental Protection Agency supports for human consumption and we drink close to it every day. NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT. We will not get another chance like this to protect our water for generations to come. PLEASE sign the petition and send this call to action to every contact you have. We have the power and they must hear our voices.
We are opposed to any version of House File (HF 316), now H.F 484. Des Moines Water works has the ability to stand up for the communities in which it serves, regardless of politics. The lawsuit demonstrates their commitment to clean water and public health, our health, even when opposition is strong.
House File 484 was introduced by Rep. Jarad Klein, a Farm Bureau member from Keota in SE Iowa, far from DMWW service area.
Des Moines Register editorial states: “Bill Stowe, the CEO and General Manager of the Water Works, says the bill is payback. He says lawmakers are retaliating for the utility’s lawsuit against rural drainage districts that allegedly channel high levels of nitrates into the Raccoon River, forcing the Water Works to spend millions on cleanup so the water can be made safe to drink. A new board could drop the lawsuit.”
This session, legislators were supposed to be talking about SOLUTIONS to complicated, state-wide water quality issues, not dismantling over 100 years of community investment that Des Moines Water Works has coordinated.
We cannot turn our backs on Des Moines Water Works, the ONE entity that is willing to stand up and fight for cleaner water, the life source we require. The systemic pollution of our most precious natural resource must be stopped. We need you. We need your voice to be heard. We need our elected officials to understand that we will not stand for this attack on the environment. We do not want to be the next Flint, Michigan. We will fight for the health and safety of Iowans, and we expect our public officials to do so as well.
OPPOSE HF 484 and its retaliation against Des Moines Water Works!
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