Saturday , 25 February 2017


After securing a major approval for its plan to tap Lake Michigan, Waukesha now faces at least a year of state permitting work before it can start an estimated $207 million public works project. Waukesha, after more than 10 years of work, has secured Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council approval to use Lake Michigan as its source of drinking water. Under Tuesday’s vote from the council, Waukesha could draw an average of 8.2 million gallons per day from Lake Michigan. The city must build water mains east to connect with Oak Creek’s water utility system. A second pipe must be built between Waukesha’s wastewater treatment plan and the Root River, where cleaned water will be deposited for return to Lake Michigan. That new system won’t be up and running until 2020 or 2021, said Waukesha Water Utility general manager Dan Duchniak. He said the city will soon begin the process of hiring engineering firms to lead the planning and permitting process. “It is going to take about 12 to 18 months for permitting and design, and then it will take about three years for construction,” he said.


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