Coming together for Great Water

The Great Water Alliance was launched to provide the people in the City of Waukesha with a safe and sustainable source of clean drinking water. But we’re keenly aware that the success of this important program won’t be possible without the cooperation and goodwill of our neighbors.

Partner Communities

Our efforts to bring a safe and sustainable water supply to Waukesha wouldn’t be possible without the collaboration and cooperation of our neighboring communities. Up-to-date information about how the new program may affect your community throughout the process will be shared here on our website, as well as in our e-newsletter.

  • Waukesha

  • Franklin

  • Muskego

  • West Allis
  • Milwaukee

  • Greenfield

  • New Berlin

For program information regarding your community, follow the links below.

New Berlin
West Allis

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Routes Under Consideration

A number of factors will inform the final decision as to which routes the pipeline will take to supply Great Lakes water to Waukesha and return treated water to Lake Michigan via the Root River.

Route Options

Teacher’s Kit

Lessons about water should be anything but dry. In order to help educators be more effective in the classroom, the Great Water Alliance has compiled a set of links to sites that make learning about this vital shared resource fun and engaging.

Dive In
Route Options
Dive In

Benefits that go
beyond great water

The motivating force behind the Great Water Alliance was to create a safer, sustainable source of drinking water for the City of Waukesha. Securing a supply from Lake Michigan is a huge win for our community. But, in the course of achieving this important objective, significant benefits will be realized by our partner communities, including:
  • A cleaner and healthier Root River
  • Reduced low-flow periods that hamper fish spawning on the Root
  • Recharging over time of the deep aquifer
  • Less groundwater being diverted away from the Lake Michigan Basin
  • Reduced threats to existing wetland habitats
  • Roadway improvements built along the route, at no cost to local taxpayers
  • Hundreds of good-paying jobs generated over the program’s life

Learn the facts. Get the answers.

We’d like to address some of the common questions and misperceptions that have arisen since Lake Michigan was identified as the only sustainable long-term water supply for Waukesha.

Myth vs. Fact
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