Water Shortage Plan

The Warren Water District (WWD or District) has purchased all water for distribution and sale to the members and customers of the District from Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) since the District began serving its members in the late 1980’s.  With the prolonged drought/dry conditions impacting central Iowa and the DMWW source water supplies, the DMWW developed a Water Shortage Plan in the Spring 2013 to “…manage system demand so customers do not experience pressure, quality, or availability issues during periods of extreme water demand or during other times when water availability may be limited due to raw water shortage, water quality events, or mechanical failures.”

The WWD and other bulk purchasers of water were asked by DMWW to develop and submit similar water shortage plans since the Wholesale Water Service Master Agreement governing water purchases states the “…DMWW shall apportion such available water ratably among all consumers, including Participants [bulk purchasers] and DMWW’s own direct customers, based upon relative consumption during the twelfth calendar month preceding such shortage.”  This means that when DMWW requests/seeks a certain percentage water reduction from its own direct customers, than a similar reduction is requested from its bulk purchasers.

See the District’s full Water Shortage Plan.

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