CITY OF WAUKESHA WATER DIVERSION
To implement the diversion of Lake Michigan water to the city of Waukesha (Waukesha), Waukesha must obtain all required federal, state and local permits and approvals. Waukesha has decided to obtain Lake Michigan water from the Milwaukee Water Utility. Waukesha's treated wastewater will be returned to Lake Michigan via the Root River.
Needed permits and approvals include:
- The Wisconsin Public Service Commission's construction authorization for construction required to implement the diversion;
- Wisconsin pollutant discharge elimination system (WPDES) permit for wastewater discharge to the Root River;
- Wastewater facilities plan approval;
- Permits for pipeline stream crossings, wetland crossings and Root River outfall;
- Water supply service area plan approval;
- DNR public water systems construction plan approval; and
- Wisconsin diversion approval.
Waukesha also plans to request grants from the DNR to implement the project.
The DNR has completed a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed project, and has issued a determination of compliance with the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act.
Wetland and waterway permit
The dity of Waukesha submitted a wetland and waterway permit application in June 2018. A revised application was submitted in June 2019. The application was reviewed and a public informational hearing was held in August 2019. The application decision was issued in December 2019.
Wisconsin pollutant discharge elimination system permit
The city of Waukesha submitted a Wisconsin pollutant discharge elimination system (WPDES) permit application in December 2017. The draft WPDES permit was public noticed on August 29, 2019 and a public informational hearing was held on Oct. 17, 2019. The final WPDES permit, which includes conditions and requirements for the discharge for treated wastewater to the Root River, was issued on Dec. 30, 2019.
- Contact information
- For information on the DNR's review of this project, contact:
- Ben Callan