Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


July 25, 2012

IUB encourages water conservation

DES MOINES — Statewide drought conditions and the current high temperatures, combined with near historic low water levels in Iowa lakes, rivers and streams for this time of year, have caused increased demand for water.

The Iowa Utilities Board encourages Iowans to be proactive and conserve water whenever possible. With dry weather conditions expected to persist, consumers using simple water conservation tips can reduce monthly water bills and serve the public interest.

The IUB and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners have partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since 2008 to promote water efficiency and conservation through its WaterSense® program. A wealth of water-saving information is available at

The IUB also recommends customers consider the following water conservation solutions: Avoid watering during the heat of the day. It is most efficient to water plants and lawns in the morning or evening; water only gardens and lawns, not streets and sidewalks; run dishwashers and clothes washers only with full loads, using the water-saver cycle; wash produce in a basin.


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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
C. Not sure
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