Voluntary Conservation Helps Lower Des Moines Water Use
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Water use in the Des Moines area dropped by 6 million gallons despite scorching temperatures.
Since Tuesday the Des Moines Water Works has been asking customers to use less water because of soaring demand that is overtaxing its system.
They appeared to respond Wednesday, as water use dropped to 90.66 million gallons. That's down from 96.6 million gallons Tuesday and came on a day when temperatures reached 106.
Water works officials say voluntary conservation efforts will continue until daily demand drops below 80 million gallons.
The utility serves about 500,000 people in Des Moines and area suburbs.
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