Waukesha's water management ambitions, like its interest in sending diverted water beyond its borders to four neighboring communities, also may play a role in the creation of a bigger utility, too.
Note that item "F" in the Oak-Creek Waukesha water deal envisions the creation of a regional water authority:
F. Regional Water Authority: Both Parties agree to engage in discussions related to the creation of a Regional Water Authority ("RWA"), the purpose of which would be to own and operate a treatment facility and the facility's related infrastructure. Such discussions would investigate the potential for the RWA to serve Oak Creek and its wholesale customers and the ownership and governing structure of the potential RWA. If such RWA purchases Oak Creek's existing Water treatment facility and the facility's related infrastructure, Oak Creek will receive fair and equitable monetary compensation for the sale.The groundwork for a new multi-jurisdictional water entity in Southeastern Wisconsin was laid by SEWRPC's regional water supply study-cum-greenlight that recommended diverting Lake Michigan water out of the basin into Waukesha.
Additionally, Lorie Kobza, the same attorney hired as a consultant by SEWRPC for her expertise in regional water authority legislation, received a contract in May, 2010 from the Waukesha Water Utility.
And Dan Duchniak, Waukesha's water utility general manager, previously worked at the Oak Creek water utility.