Great Lakes Compact Council
The Great Water Alliance began with a thorough investigation by the Great Lakes Compact Council, which unanimously approved Waukesha’s request to use, treat, and return Great Lakes water. Here you’ll find the initial application, as well as other documents and supplemental information pertaining to the international, multi-year process.
The exception, not the rule.
Any notion that allowing Waukesha to borrow and return Great Lakes water will open the floodgates to other communities suddenly pulling water from the lakes is unfounded. Because of our unique location and circumstances, Waukesha is one of a few communities that fall within the exceptions provided under the Great Lakes Compact.
Our agreement under the Compact contains very specific terms, conditions and requirements.
Waukesha Water Utility’s Application for Great Lakes Water (October 2013) is the culmination of more than a decade of research. The application consists of five volumes and contains thousands of pages. We know this is a lot of material to absorb, so if at any time you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will put you in touch with a subject matter expert.
A lot of important work and correspondence supports the Application. Reading this material may help you place the Application into context. If at any time you have questions about what you have read, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will put you in touch with a subject matter expert.
Application Supporting Documents
Waukesha Water Utility wants you to understand why it is important for our community to secure a Lake Michigan water supply. We have presented material in each of the City’s 15 Council Districts and have held numerous open houses in Waukesha, Milwaukee, Racine, Oak Creek, Wauwatosa, Brookfield, and Pewaukee. If you have been unable to attend one the meetings, you can still stay on top of things. You will find copies of slides and recorded presentations below. As always, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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Understand the key findings from the unanimous approval of Waukesha’s proposal to use and return Lake Michigan water under the Great Lakes Compact instead of its current groundwater supply.
From 14 Alternatives
down to one obvious choice.
down to one obvious choice.
Waukesha’s “high quality” wastewater treatment includes “removal of chemical phosphorus, suspended solids and associated contaminants, as well as organic materials; tertiary filtration; and, ultraviolet light disinfection. The proposed phosphorus permit limits are well below the water quality standard for the Root River and are on an order of magnitude lower than many existing dischargers to the Basin.”