The City of Waukesha Water Utility has already spent at least $1 million on various consultants to prepare its application for a Lake Michigan diversion - - and in new information sent last week to the Department of Natural Resources, it puts the continuing tab to advance this complex and precedent-setting push for a Great Lakes water supply at more than $15 million.
Here is the wording from page eight of the water supply section of the information as posted at the utility's website:
"an allowance of more than $15 million for permitting, legal, and administrative costs."With seven years left until a binding deadline by which the City must have a new water supply identified and provided, if appears that roughly $2 million annually - - or about double what's been spent to date - - is anticipated as the cost to advance the application as it moves to a review by the DNR, additional reviews by the other seven Great Lakes states, plus pipeline routing and water supply negotiations with cities to find a willing supplier.
[Calling attention to some changes: I added "Advancing" to the title, deleted the original word "Promoting," and substituted "advance" above for the "promote" in graph one, for "defend" in paragraph four, and references that this continuing work was public relations or promotions - - at the request of Waukesha Water Utility Manager Dan Duchniak, who sent me this explanation: