So says the Journal Sentinel in a story about a new, radium-free well.
The relevant information:
"...city water consumption has shown steady decreases in recent years as the city pursues conservation measures, including summer lawn and garden sprinkling restrictions. The city also has implemented a water rate structure that penalizes residences with higher consumption and is seeking state permission to expand the rate structure.The Great Lakes Compact says diversions from the Great Lakes are to address public interest circumstances that have no other remedy.
"The city is seeking to demonstrate a commitment to conservation as it considers pursuing the purchase of Lake Michigan water."
Growth is not considered such a need: Waukesha's claim to a diversion just got harder to justify.
[Late Monday morning add: Let me also link to an earlier post wherein I discussed the existing obstacles to Waukesha's diversion application and the Department of Natural Resources signalled willingness to review it without its administrative rules in place. Given Waukesha's admission that it wants diverted Great Lakes water for growth, and can now provide water without a diversion that complies with the federal radium standard, it's apparent that the DNR absolutely needs to get its house in order before green-lighting an application from Waukesha that's getting less defensible by the minute.]