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Clean Water Can Be Costly

Nitrates in drinking water can be hazardous to the health of pregnant women, nursing mothers, infant children, and the elderly. Methemoglobinemia, or “blue baby” disease, is a significant concern. Nitrates can also lead to uranium contamination, causing kidney damage and elevated blood pressure.

Des Moines Sues over Water Quality

Des Moines Water Works is suing several Iowa drainage districts under the Clean Water Act. The action has prompted handwringing among political and farm leaders in Iowa.

The implications of the debate reach far beyond state boundaries.

The lawsuit charges that upstream drainage districts are failing to properly regulate pollutants that flow from agricultural land into the Raccoon River watershed. Des Moines draws its drinking water from the river.

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