- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - West Des Moines plans to provide about $3.5 million to build an aquifer storage facility that Des Moines Water Works says will add 3 million gallons of water capacity on peak usage days.

The Des Moines Register (https://dmreg.co/1vkckhf ) reports that Des Moines Water Works will own and operate the facility, which will also be used to cool Microsoft’s new data center.

“If there are other data centers that locate in West Des Moines, this will help us take care of their needs plus other growth of that area,” City Manager Tom Hadden said.

The aquifer will pump treated water during the colder months into a half-mile well that is drilled underground. It will be used as storage for 300 million gallons of water that can be drawn out during the summer when water use spikes.

Des Moines Water Works Chief Operating Officer Ted Corrigan describes the system as an underground water tower. The technology behind the system emerged 15 years ago in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The well will also feed the Jordan aquifer rather than draw on it. Iowa and other states have been concerned about overdrawing the Jordan stock.

Funds for the project will be sourced from a local tax increment financing incentive package.

“It’s a great opportunity to add an asset to the city of Des Moines and Water Works,” Des Moines City Manager Scott Sanders said. “And it’s at no cost to the city.”

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com


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