Roaming around on The Google yesterday, I stumbled on something I wrote in 2009 about Waukesha's probable (and still pending Great Lakes water diversion plan):
Final thought:Fast forward to last October:
Waukesha estimated Monday that its water pipe from Milwaukee, and return flow pipe to Wauwatosa, will cost $78 million.
Put that up on your refrigerator and see [whether] that number grows.
The water pipeline project to and from Oak Creek will cost Waukesha $183 million to build, according to the Waukesha Water Utility.Now I recognize there's a measure of apples-to-oranges issue there, since the original estimate was based on Waukesha buying water from closer-by Milwaukee, and returning it back to Lake Michigan via Underwood Creek - - schemes requiring less infrastructure than Waukesha's final plan to pipe in water from Oak Creek and return it down the Root River in Franklin to Racine's harbor.
Cost estimates for the Milwaukee supply were in the $164 million-$175 million range, and for Oak Creek as high as $261 million, all according to this report.
Such are the vagaries of trying to write the first out-of-basin Great Lakes diversion application under the 2008 US-Canadian management Compact - - an application yet to be submitted in final draft form to the DNR by Waukesha despite numerous false starts and missed, self-imposed deadlines dating back more than three years.
By the way, The Journal Sentinel had reported the 2009 estimate, too:
City officials began rolling out their long-anticipated bid for Great Lakes water on Monday with a glimpse at its possible costs.
Switching the city's water supply to Lake Michigan rather than groundwater wells would cost $56 million in initial construction costs and another $5.3 million a year in operating costs, Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said Monday.
Building a pipeline to discharge treated wastewater to Underwood Creek in Wauwatosa so it would flow back to Lake Michigan, as required by a Great Lakes protection compact, would cost another $22million plus $499,000 a year in operating costs, Duchniak said....
Total price: $78 million to get started and nearly $5.8 million a year to operate the system, according to estimates revised since the city's original 2002 water supply study, Duchniak said.