Great Lakes governors to decide Waukesha water proposal

Jan 20, 2016

Waukesha, Wisconsin wants to solve its drinking water problems by tapping into Lake Michigan.
Credit NASA Landsat

The city of Waukesha, Wisconsin has high levels of radium in its water supply. The city hopes to solve the problem by taking water out of Lake Michigan.

Waukesha is in a county that straddles the Great Lakes basin and under the Great Lakes Compact, it’s allowed to ask for a water diversion. Waukesha’s proposal is now before the eight Great Lakes states that make up the compact. They’ll decide whether or not to allow the diversion.

Peter Annin is author of the book “The Great Lakes Water Wars.” He’s been closely following this issue for years. If Waukesha gets its way, Annin says, more communities will line up to ask for a water diversion.