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Iowans Fed Up With Farming Pollution in their Water

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tired of heavily polluted water due to overuse of nitrogen fertilizers, water utility company Des Moines Water Works filed suit against three Iowa counties for their negligence in the matter.

“Farmers spread nitrogen fertilizer on their corn fields, which becomes nitrate — a colorless, odorless, tasteless compound. Nitrate becomes a problem when it leaks into streams and rivers. In Iowa, underground tile pipes drain the soil beneath farmers’ fields. Those pipes, which are often managed by county governments, bring polluted water to nearby rivers and waterways, and eventually into the unknowing Iowan’s cup of drinking water.”

Read the full Grist article here.

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