Nov 15, 2021 - News
Ask Axios: Why are valves protruding from a Des Moines sidewalk?
A valve protrudes from a sidewalk in Des Moines.
Watch your step. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Question: "Why are water valves protruding several inches from the sidewalk along Beaver Avenue? Those are waiting to take me down," Becky Vergara, of Des Moines, recently asked Axios.

  • We took a look and found several of these puppies along the east sidewalk north of Aurora Avenue.

Answer: These are "curb stop" valves and their maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner, Jenny Puffer, DSM Water Works' distribution director, told Axios.

  • They are installed flush with the sidewalk, but sidewalks settle and lift over time, she noted.

What's next: Residents can report problems to Water Works online or by calling 515-283-8700

  • Property owners will be notified about the problem.
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