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Greater Des Moines (DSM) is a leader in developing sustainable infrastructure to accommodate the region’s rapidly growing business economy. From roads to water supply to telecommunications and electric services, The Partnership and other regional entities understand the importance infrastructure plays when selecting where to operate a business. These utilities help Des Moines maintain and secure its business infrastructure while keeping costs low. 

For more information, contact Stacie Lovan, Project Director of Economic Development.

Water  |  Sewage Treatment  |  Telecommunications 
Electric  |  Renewable Energy


Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) plays a key role in providing a safe, reliable and cost-effective water supply. DMWW is an independently operated public utility that provides drinking water to more than 500,000 people in the region, either directly or by supplying water on a wholesale basis to most communities in the region. DMWW operates three treatment plants with a combined reliable capacity of 110 million gallons per day (mgd). The average day demand is 46 mgd with a peak day demand of 96 mgd. DMWW has exceptional source water redundancy with the ability to draw water from both the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers, in addition to a series of eight radial collector wells and a groundwater supply along the Raccoon River in Water Works Park.

The utility also has off-river storage at Maffitt Reservoir that has greater source reliability during high-nitrate and river flooding periods. In case of drought, DMWW has access to 5.0 billion gallons of water stored in Saylorville Reservoir, which is nearly 30 percent of what is used in a year.

Additionally, DMWW has developed a series of Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells to serve the metro area and plans to have additional ASR wells by 2020. These wells will have a total capacity of 15 mgd and a water storage capacity of 1.5 billion gallons to offset peak water use during traditionally high-consumption periods or for use in the event of emergency water supply needs.

DMWW demonstrates a commitment to proactively planning to ensure all infrastructure is reliably maintained and there is capacity to meet the needs of new industrial/commercial facilities, including leading a regional approach to developing water production facilities.

Communities not receiving water from DMWW are served by municipal wells. For more information on water management in the region, visit DMWW's website

Sewage Treatment

The Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Facility (WRF) is a 50 MGD wastewater treatment facility that can treat a peak flow of 200 MGD. More than a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility, it represents long-term commitment and cooperation by the citizens of Des Moines to protect the state’s natural resources.

In response to new water quality standards, numerous metro cities have joined together as the Wastewater Reclamation Authority (WRA). The WRA owns and operates interceptor sewers, equalization basins and lift stations, linking the communities and the WRF. Outlying communities operate city-owned water pollution control facilities designed to service a growing population and industrial/commercial base.

To learn more about waste management services in Des Moines, visit WRA's website.


State-of-the-art telecommunications capability is in place throughout the metropolitan area with multiple providers of fiber optic and long-distance services. Des Moines businesses find it easy to meet their telecommunications needs in a cost-effective manner.


Des Moines offers competitive, stable and reliable electric energy provided by MidAmerican Energy CompanyAlliant Energy and local municipal utilities. On average, area electric providers can offer electric rates to industrial customers at 5.63 cents per kilowatt hour. These low electric rates, coupled with our knowledgeable IT workforce, relative safety from natural disaster and large water supply, make the area a hotbed for data center locations. 

Renewable Energy

Regional providers are committed to expanding renewable energy efforts. MidAmerican Energy has invested $4.5 billion in new wind energy development, which will generate wind energy equal to 100 percent of annual customer sales in Iowa by the end of 2020. Alliant Energy is also making a $1 billion investment in wind energy with the goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 40 percent from 2005 to 2030. 


MidAmerican Energy's GreenAdvantage® program provides customers with a unique tool to elevate economic development and community goals.  Benefits of the program can enhance business attraction and retention strategies and promote sustainability as a community priority. In 2020, the Iowa Utilities Board verified that 61.3% of the electricity delivered to customers came from renewable sources for the year 2019.