Waukesha water plan review halted

DNR notes city search for options other than lake

By Don Behm of the Journal Sentinel

Waukesha — State Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matthew Frank told Mayor Jeff Scrima Wednesday in a letter that the department will not begin reviewing Waukesha’s application for a Great Lakes water supply until the mayor and other city officials stop their search for other possible sources.

A 2008 Great Lakes protection compact requires a municipality seeking lake water to demonstrate “there is no reasonable water supply alternative” other than the lakes, Frank says in the letter.

Though the city’s application documents repeatedly state that lake water is the only sustainable water supply option available to Waukesha, the mayor has publicly stated his preference to continue evaluating other options, such as more wells, the Fox River and even continuing to remove radium from water pumped out of deep wells in a sandstone aquifer.

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