Public Hearing Monday on Bill Dismantling Des Moines Water Works
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowans will have the chance to make their voices heard Monday morning at the State Capitol regarding a bill that would dismantle Des Moines Water Works. The bill, HF 484, would actually require the independent water utilities of Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Urbandale to become city departments, controlled by the city government. Proposed by Iowa House Representative Jarad Klein (R-Keota), it was originally pitched as a way to consolidate water boards and replace them with regional authorities. The regional proposal was nixed, however, and now the bill simply dismantles these independent groups.