The Great Lakes provide drinking water for nearly 40 million people and invaluable opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating and more. There is nothing else in the world like the Great Lakes — we can't afford not to protect this critical resource.
The city of Waukesha proposes to take water out of Lake Michigan, despite the city's location outside the Great Lakes water system. Waukesha is the first community to make such a request under the Great Lakes Compact, a historic agreement that protects Great Lakes water from being sold to the highest bidder.Thankfully, the Compact sets a high bar for requests like this.
While Waukesha faces serious water problems, using Great Lakes water should be a last resort. Waukesha should prioritize water conservation before tapping into the Great Lakes.
As the first community to apply for Great Lakes water under the Compact, Waukesha must be a leading example to protect this national treasure. Waukesha has a plan for water conservation but has failed to put sufficient effort or resources into it.
Please sign this petition telling Waukesha not to waste Great Lakes water by working aggressively to conserve water.
- Waukesha Water Utility
As you propose to divert water out of Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes Basin, it is imperative that you act more aggressively and immediately on water conservation and efficiency. The best and most cost-effective alternative water supply Waukesha can use to meet its needs now and in the future is reducing wasteful and inefficient use of water.
The water utility has a plan, a plan that could cost-effectively reduce the city’s water use by more than 10%, yet you have not made the necessary investments to implement the plan quickly, even as your diversion application is pending.
While Waukesha faces serious water problems, using Great Lakes water must be a last resort — the Great Lake Compact guarantees that.
Regardless of the ultimate fate of your diversion proposal, now is the time to get serious about saving water before tapping into the Great Lakes. We urge you to prioritize water conservation now.
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