The trial of the case in which the Des Moines Water Works has sued three Iowa counties—Calhoun, Buena Vista and Sac—will be delayed until next year rather than starting this coming August.

The Des Moines Water Works is suing because farmers of those counties have been identified as directing field water with high nitrate levels, via field tiles, into drainage ditches and streams that feed into the Raccoon River. High nitrate levels in the river requires costly nitrate removal for water supplied to Des Moines residents.

The trial has been rescheduled to begin June 26, 2017, according to the Des Moines Register newspaper. Part of the reason for the delay, as suggested by the water work’s CEO, is to allow the state of Iowa to prove it is making headway in improving Iowa’s water quality.

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