Getting it right the first time
Waukesha could have limped along in compliance with the EPA’s radium standards by adding more removal systems and sinking more shallow groundwater wells. Such a quick-fix definitely would have been a lot less time-consuming, but more expensive in the long run.
It also would have been environmentally irresponsible: thousands of acres of existing wetlands would have been jeopardized, and stresses on the deep aquifer would continue unabated.
By going through the long and difficult process of transitioning the city’s water supply to Lake Michigan, Waukesha is doing the right thing for the health of its citizens — and the health of the watershed — for the long term.