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Officials: Iowa facing two-year drought
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01/24/2013 11:10 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa —The Department of Natural Resources is warning the Des Moines Water Works and other water suppliers to be prepared for something that hasn't happened in Iowa in over 20 years.
The DNR said there's little sign that our drought conditions will improve.
"State and federal climatologist, weather forecasters, lead us to the conclusion that we're probably going into a second year of drought," said Bill Stowe, CEO of Water Works.
Records show a drought like this hasn't happened since the two year drought of 1988-1989.
"1988 was a tough year for agriculture, 1989 was a really tough year for water supplies. So if we look at what happened in 2012 it was a tough year for agriculture. What we're afraid of is that in 2013 its going to be a repeat of 1989 and its going to be really hard for water supplies," said Tim Hall of the Iowa DNR.
The risk far outweighs any benefit as the risk will vary from child to child.