Trial For Des Moines Waterworks Lawsuit Delayed By Nearly A Year

Fri 5-13-2016 []

(Des Moines)-- The lawsuit filed by the Des Moines Waterworks in Federal Court against several upstream agriculture drainage districts has been delayed by nearly a year.

Originally scheduled for trial in August, a judge rescheduled the three-week trial for June 26th, 2017.

Water Works Board Chairman Graham Gillette says that will give the Iowa Supreme Court time to resolve constitutional questions that federal judge posed to it prior to trying the case.

Gillette says a delay also gives state leaders time to reconsider providing money for agriculture practices that would reduce water pollutants.

The water utility for about 500,000 central Iowa customers blames farmland runoff for high levels of nitrate that cost millions of dollars to remove.

Water works officials want farm drainage district regulated under the Federal Clean Water Act.

Buena Vista, Calhoun and Sac counties have been named defendants in the case.

(From the Associated Press.)