The Iowa Rural Water Association recently named De Soto the 2013 Community of the Year. The award was announced during the Iowa Rural Water Association’s 39th Annual Conference, which was held in Des Moines at the Veteran’s Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center on Feb. 24-26.

The criteria for the award is "an outstanding community who exceeds the expectations of their citizens with reliable, quality services." De Soto meets those standards as "a progressive community located west of Des Moines with the potential to expand rapidly in the near future."

The goal of the city is to use management and resources in order to control this expected growth. The City of De Soto is spending tax dollars wisely and currently has several large-scale projects in the works in order to keep up with the growing numbers.

"I am very proud of our Public Works department for the job they’ve done to merit this award," said De Soto Library Director Brianna Glenn. "They’ve met a number of challenges with innovative thinking and tireless work, and they are such a benefit to the community they serve."

De Soto has implemented a few initiatives over the past few years including a source water protection program. As the project has progressed, so have future plans for the project, which will continue to expand in the future. Last year their hard work paid off when they were honored with the national AWWA Source Water Protection award for small size systems.