...Emphasizes to Milwaukee officials that the water sought is not for new development or growth, but Waukesha still wants, through an application for a Lake Michigan diversion, a volume of water up to an average 10.9 million gallons a day - - an amount that exceeds its current, falling usage by 50%.
The same message about jump-starting the two-city negotiations was transmitted to Milwaukee via the Waukesha Freeman, though I doubt a headline telling Milwaukee to "get crackin'" will win many friends in Milwaukee City Hall.
Anyway - - back to the data:
Take a look at these water usage numbers provided last August to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
The city's water use declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2010 to an average daily demand of 6.69 million gallons a day, records show.
Actual demand was 1.21 million gallons a day less than the 2010 estimate included in the city's request for Great Lakes water...
Less future demand would reduce the volume of Lake Michigan water diverted to Waukesha, if the application is approved.
In May 2010, Waukesha asked Wisconsin to approve a request to purchase up to an average of 10.9 million gallons a day of Lake Michigan water. If the request is approved by Wisconsin and each of the other seven Great Lakes states, the city would abandon deep wells drawing radium-contaminated water from saturated sandstone.
The application projected water demand starting at an average of 7.9 million gallons a day in 2010, rising to 9.9 million gallons a day in 2030 and 10.9 million gallons a day at midcentury.
All of the city's future water use estimates, and the assumptions used to create them, will be scrutinized by the department in its review of the request, [Department of Natural Resources water official [Eric] Ebersberger said.
"We'll compare the 2010 projection of 7.9 million gallons a day to actual usage," he said. The basic assumptions - such as population growth, changes in land use, firefighting needs, water lost to main breaks - that built the 2010 estimate were used in setting future needs.