Waukesha Water Utility would 
pay any Great Lakes tap fees
With Doyle expected to sign compact, 
city catches break on application

By LINDA McALPINE - GM Today Staff 

May 19, 2008


WAUKESHA - If Waukesha decides to ask permission to tap into Lake Michigan as a long term water supply, it won’t cost the city anything.
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The price tag for submitting an application through the likely-to-be-approved Great Lakes Compact for a water diversion would be borne by the Waukesha Water Utility, said Dan Duchniak, the utility’s general manager.

"As part of our budget, we put in $130,000 in anticipation of a water application," Duchniak said. "That figure takes into account documenting the need for the water, developing the application and studying how to return the water."

That is good news to city officials, as they look at a projected budget shortfall in 2009 of $2.4 million.

Waukesha has been keeping an eye on the process of the proposed Great Lakes Compact on the state level. The compact, which protects the Great Lakes from long-distance diversions, sets standards for nearby communities like Waukesha to withdraw water.

It passed the state Assembly and Senate last week and now goes to Gov. Jim Doyle, who is expected to sign it.

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Linda McAlpine can be reached at lmcalpine@conleynet.com


This story appeared in The Freeman on May 19, 2008.