The City of Waukesha needs a long-term, sustainable alternative to its existing water supply. The aquifer which has been the City’s primary source of drinking water has become depleted in Southeast Wisconsin. This is due to in large part to a natural layer of shale rock that restricts rainwater and snowmelt from recharging the aquifer, which means increased elevated levels of radium and other contaminants.
In June of 2016, the Great Lakes Compact Council unanimously approved Waukesha’s application to borrow source water from Lake Michigan and return the same amount used via the Root River. As the Great Water Alliance (GWA) – Waukesha Water Utility’s program to solve this problem – works to create a safe and sustainable supply of clean drinking water for Waukesha, we will keep communities engaged and informed.