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Waukesha Mayor Reilly and Milwaukee Mayor Barrett hold groundbreaking to announce start of new water pipeline construction

Construction is about to begin on pipelines that will bring Lake Michigan water to over 70,000 people in Waukesha, and then return clean water back to the Great Lakes Basin. A groundbreaking event was held in Milwaukee today to share the news about this historic project.

Waukesha Booster Pumping Station Update

On March 17, 2020, the cities of Waukesha and New Berlin officially agreed to work together to move Waukesha’s water supply program forward. As part of the agreement, the proposed booster pumping station (BPS) will not be built in Minooka Park in New Berlin as initially intended but will instead be located on Waukesha’s east-central side near Broadway and Les Paul Parkway.

WIFIA Update

The recent announcement of a federal loan for the Great Water Alliance project is great news for Waukesha ratepayers. “Customers will save almost $1 million per year over the 38-year life of the loan because of the exceptionally low interest rate and a flexible repayment schedule,” according to Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly.

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Presentations and Postings

It is important to understand why Waukesha must secure a Lake Michigan water supply, so we’ve made several presentations available. Program development has included many organizations, so we’ve also posted key approvals and permits.

Great Lakes Compact Council Approval Download
Dept. of Natural Resources Wetland and Waterway Permit Download
Prequalification Meeting Presentation Download
UMC 2019 Facts, Science, and Common Sense Download
2018 WI-AWWA Navigating New Waters Download
2017 Root River Council Download

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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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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Great Water Alliance welcomes your thoughts and opinions as we work towards improved water quality in the City of Waukesha, the Root River, and the Lake Michigan Basin.

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