DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ The city of Des Moines is planning to initiate water conservation measures for the first time since the 1970s after it pumped a record amount of water on Monday.
City officials say the city's Water Works pumped 95.6 million gallons of water Monday surpassing the previous record of 92 million gallons in June 2006. That volume of water lower water pressure and pushes treatment facilities to near limits.
The city will announce today it is implementing a water conservation plan for Des Moines and suburbs that ask residents reduce use by 10 percent.
Water Works CEO Randy Beavers says it's the first time since the late 1970s Des Moines has imposed a Stage 1 conservation plan. It's voluntary but strongly encourages shutting off sprinklers or cutting volume of water used.