Undercurrents: beneath the obvious

May 9, 2007

Waukesha Wisconsin wants to tap aquifer

Filed under: Great Lakes Issues,Water Diversion,Wisconsin — nemo @ 1:06 pm

From The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Facing a state Department of Natural Resources deadline to reduce radium levels in its drinking water, the Waukesha Water Utility with Mayor Larry Nelson’s support wants to acquire property [42 acres along the Vernon Marsh Wildlife Area] in the Town of Waukesha [WI] by using its powers of eminent domain.

Underneath the property is a shallow aquifer of clean water that replenishes the Vernon Marsh and provides private well service to an unknown number of homeowners near the massive wetlands.

The utility wants to withdraw up to 3 million gallons daily from that aquifer and mix it with existing city water to dilute radium concentrations that are usually twice the amount allowed under federal safe drinking water standards.

The city’s goal is to hook into a new source eventually, possibly from Lake Michigan, and relegate the Vernon Marsh wells to backup status, but that goal is years away.

Technorati Tags: ,

Advertisements

Leave a Comment »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: