CIRDWC retained Black & Veatch to conduct a study in 2014 to assess the feasibility of forming a regional water production utility for the Greater Des Moines, Iowa region. Black & Veatch's report can be found here.
In 2017, regionalization discussions have continued among a core team consisting of chairpersons of the boards of Des Moines Water Works, West Des Moines Water Works, and Urbandale Water Utility, and mayors of the cities of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Urbandale, Ankeny, Johnston, and Waukee. Guiding Principles have been developed out of these discussions to provide a framework for ongoing regionalization discussions, and Jason Mumm, FCS Group, has been hired to facilitate discussions. Beginning September 13, 2017, public meetings are held bi-weekly at 7:30 a.m. at Urbandale City Hall. Meeting agenda, minutes, presentation materials, and audio can be found here. Public input into the process is invited and encouraged.
Since the completion of Black & Veatch's study, CIRDWC discussions about regionalization have been ongoing. The Technical Advisory Committee, consisting of technical experts from member utilities, was formed to continue discussing the technical aspects of regionalization. The Technical Advisory Committee has worked with Des Moines Water Works, as the region's wholesale supplier, to develop population and demand projections through the year 2040, and Des Moines Water Works has developed a Long-
Range Plan identifying the infrastructure necessary to meet these regional demands.
CENTRAL IOWA REGIONAL DRINKING WATER COMMISSION