On November 30, a small group of select municipal officials and members of the press attended a groundbreaking at the corner of West Oklahoma Avenue and South 76th Street in Milwaukee, where a new pumping station will be built. The purpose of the event was to draw media and public attention to the start of construction.
A GWA priority is to ensure people are informed – whether you're interested in the project generally, or a pipeline will be constructed near your home or business. And while getting together in person is difficult right now, we’ll continue to make information available online and through online meetings.
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.
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.
Another important step in transitioning Waukesha’s system from groundwater to Lake Michigan water will begin in September, with flushing or “scouring” select local water mains to fully prepare them for the water supply conversion.
This newsletter features things to expect from the program in 2020, how to learn what’s going on in your area, and an interview with Waukesha Water Utility Customer Service representative Donna Kopshinsky.
Field investigations and surveying begin on a preferred supply route, a look into the four-step process at Waukesha’s Clean Water Plant, benefits to rain barrels, a recap of the Open House in Milwaukee, and more are featured in this issue.