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Posted on: March 3, 2022

WRA Recognized With Engineering Excellence Award


WRA along with partners at CDM Smith Inc. were recognized with an Engineering Excellence Award for their work on the RNG Pipeline Injection project.

The Des Moines WRA was recognized with the Grand Conceptor Award at the 2022 Engineering Excellence Awards by ACEC Missouri. The award recognizes WRA's work with CDM Smith Inc. to utilize one of the largest co-digestion programs in the country to...

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Posted on: November 16, 2021

WRA Celebrates Apprentices During National Apprenticeship Week


This week is National Apprenticeship Week and we want to celebrate our current apprentices and those who have graduated from our successful Apprenticeship Program.

The WRA Operations department has had an apprenticeship program for 11 years. The apprenticeship program develops our newly hired operator specialist to be the highly proficient operators that we can depend on.  

The program requires that they rec...

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Posted on: August 1, 2021

Wastewater Of Over 500,000 Iowans Being Tested For Covid-19 And Variants


The DMMWRA is participating in a national program to test wastewater for the presence of COVID-19 to better track outbreaks and variants.

The Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority (DMMWRA) is now participating in a national study of wastewater that is tracking the presence and concentration of COVID-19 and its variants by testing wastewater samples from across the country...

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Posted on: September 21, 2021

WRA Employees Train on Fire Prevention Equipment


The Des Moines Fire Department visited the WRA to provide a hand's on opportunity for WRA Staff to train with a fire extinguishing simulation.

Representatives from the DMFD's Fire Prevention Bureau brought a simulator to the WRF in order to teach proper firefighting techniques to WRA staff.

This training allowed staff to train in a simulated emergency situation and increase safety and pr...


Posted on: August 2, 2021

WRA Employees Volunteer with Habitat for Humanities

WRA Employees Building with Habitat For Humanities

A group of WRA employees used their Volunteer Time Off for the year to build a wheelchair accessible ramp at a residence in Des Moines - a project coordinated by the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanities.

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Posted on: July 7, 2021

'Fatberg' fight: Congress takes plunge on flushable wipes

'Flushable' Wipes

If you've followed the WRA, you've heard us say this before: don't flush the so-called "flushable wipes." Now a major development as Congress is wading into the issue causing fatbergs around the nation.

Now Congress is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the marketing claims behind flushable wipes as well as calling on the EPA to investigate the issue. Learn more about the Congressional actions here or for more information on what not ...


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Posted on: June 29, 2021

Des Moines WRA Recognized with National Award


We are proud to announce that the the Des Moines WRA team has been selected to receive an Excellence in Management Gold Recognition from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

This honor celebrates our commitment to sustainable, successful programs that exemplify the attributes of an effectively managed utility.

This was a recognition earned by hard work from our entire staff and leadership every day. 

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Posted on: June 16, 2021

Confined Space Rescue Team Training Event

WRA Team Members train for emergency rescue situations.

Our confined spaces rescue team was out training in Building 30 practicing raising and lowering both rescue team members and victims so the WRA team can expedite rescues in potentially dangerous situations.

The Confined Spaces Rescue Team was doing exercises that focused on rescuing entrants from confined spaces. The reality is, permit required confined spaces are dangerous and per OSHA requirements we have a team trained to rescue entrants should an emergen...

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Posted on: July 23, 2021

Ingersoll Run Project Details

Learn more about the planned Ingersoll Run construction project timeline and the street closures that will affect traffic around the project.

The planned route for this project has been established and any adjustments to the alignment, other than what is included in the attached Exhibits, will likely not be possible. Events will need to be adjusted to avoid and/or to circumnavigate the project ...

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