CHICAGO – The latest on a meeting of representatives of the eight Great Lakes states to determine whether the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin, will be allowed to use Lake Michigan as its drinking water source (all times CDT):
Representatives of the eight Great Lakes states have begun a meeting in Chicago that is expected to determine whether the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin, will be allowed to use Lake Michigan as its drinking water source.
Waukesha has submitted a $207 million plan to draw water from the lake, describing it as a necessity because the groundwater wells on which it has long relied are contaminated with radium. The city is only 17 miles from the lake but lies just outside the Great Lakes watershed.
A regional compact prohibits most diversions of water across the watershed boundary, but creates a potential exception for communities within counties that straddle the line. Waukesha is the first community to request water under that provision.