The world has been enduring a pandemic that has everyone stepping back, assessing their surroundings and prioritizing what is important to their lives. While some industries have been shut down completely, others have limited operations while others are working at full capacity.
Despite these times of uncertainty, it is reassuring to know that the construction of Waukesha’s new water supply will continue to move forward. Within the last few weeks, virtual bid meetings for three large portions of the construction project have been held with eligible contractors, and bids were due by May 14. Contractor selection will occur June 2, 2020.
On January 30, 2020, all of the years of due diligence and hard work to develop a viable water supply project for Waukesha were acknowledged when the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) voted unanimously to approve, with conditions, the Great Water Alliance application, allowing the program to move ahead.
What is known today as the Great Water Alliance, started its historic journey more than a decade ago. In 2016, it received unanimous approval from the Great Lakes states who agreed that switching to Lake Michigan water was the only reasonable option to provide the 70,000 residents of Waukesha with a sustainable source of safe drinking water.
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.