Three northwest Iowa counties could be getting relief from a federal lawsuit. The Iowa Legislature is moving forward with a water utilities bill that is now headed to the full House for debate.
On Wednesday the House Agriculture Subcommittee moved the bill forward. Sioux City Rep. Chris Hall serves on the three-person subcommittee.
The bill would dismantle independent water utilities like Des Moines Water Works. The agency has filed suit against Buena Vista, Calhoun and Sac counties claiming they are responsible for high levels of nitrates in the Raccoon River. That river is the source for much of central Iowa’s water supply.
Des Moines Water Works claims it was forced to spent more than a million dollars last year to remove nitrates from it’s system.