Dr. Joe Piatt, Carroll University professor of chemistry and environmental science will speak at the UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha campus as part of their Lecture & Fine Arts Series.
Water – Bridging the Divide
UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha
March 7, 2019 | Noon | Room C101
In June 2016, the City of Waukesha secured approval from the Great Lakes Governors to borrow (divert/treat/return) Lake Michigan water as its source of municipal water supply. The current water source, deep and shallow aquifers, is not sustainable in either quantity or quality. The key technical and scientific elements and the procedural milestones of the Lake Michigan “application” will be highlighted – a journey more than a decade in the making. Satisfying the conditions of the Great Lake Compact launched the City into planning for a major infrastructure project that necessitates a safe transition to a surface water source (from ground water) and environmentally-sound return of that water to the Root River. It is critical that residential and commercial water users understand the components and timing of the infrastructure project so they can plan for the transition and they have peace of mind they will continue to receive safe water from the Waukesha Water Utility.