Legal Fees Pile Up

Local News

DES MOINES – Des Moines Water Works is sinking more than a million dollars into legal fees.

The board announced Wednesday they are going to use another $650,000 to help pay for their case against three Northwest iowa counties for discharging nitrates into the Raccoon River.

That brings the total amount to $1.35 million out of their operating budget for this lawsuit.

A Water Works spokesperson says the money it is spending on the lawsuit  won’t have a direct impact on their customers’ water rates.

They will look at the budget this summer to decide what rates will be for next year.

The board is suing Buena Vista, Calhoun and Sac Counties. The lawsuit has been pushed back to next summer.

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