May 4, 2021 - News
Des Moines Water Works makes treatment adjustments after taste complaints
The Des Moines River during a 2010 cold snap. Photo: Steve Pope/Getty Images

DSM Water Works has received multiple calls about a taste problem, CEO Ted Corrigan told Axios on Monday.

The state of play: The issue was detected early last week and treatment adjustments were made, which should make it fade in a few days, Corrigan added.

What's happening: The city's water comes from the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers and its quality changes constantly.

  • Treating for taste and odor in the water is challenging. Changes are made in the treatment process as issues are detected.
  • "Turning river water into drinking water through this range of dynamic changes is both an art and a science," according to Corrigan.

Don't worry: The water is safe to drink and has met all state and federal regulations.


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