Thursday, September 29th, 2016

About any wells Waukesha might be considering

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Jim Rowen does another blog post about the Waukesha water situation without anything new for information, but one of the comments is worth reading. It’s a letter from Mukwanago to the City of Waukesha reminding the city that if it has any plans to drill wells instead of getting Lake Michigan water, the smaller communities around Waukesha might have something to say about it.

We encourage the City of Waukesha to continue to pursue the purchase of Lake Michigan water as a more permanent solution to the City’s obligation to provide safe water to its residents.

If this effort should fail, we would encourage the City of Waukesha, before placing the shallow wells, to again sit down not only with the Town of Waukesha but also other potentially impacted communities so as to discuss the legitimate concerns of these communities and craft appropriate safe guards to protect the resources of all affected communities.

Your courtesies and considerations in this regard are greatly appreciated. We wish you the best of luck in your continued efforts to secure the purchase of Lake Michigan water.

If there is anything we, as a community, can do to assist you in this regard, please contact us.

By the way, I love it when Rowen writes, “There could be other solutions, including greater use of filtration to remove naturally-occuring radium from existing deep well water; new wells near the banks of the Fox River; blending water; greater conservation or a combination.” It just shows:
a) He has no interest in a real solution for Waukesha, and
b) He’s decided to be ignorant of how these solutions have all been explored and rejected.

My favorite suggestion of his is the digging of more shallow wells, this time “near the banks of the Fox River.” As has been carefully explained repeatedly, digging shallow wells will do more than annoy the neighbors. It will affect the surrounding surface water features. How many real environmentalists will be happy when the level of nearby surface water starts dropping? That’s the whole point behind the Waukesha Environmental Action League’s objection to the land purchase and well development in the Town of Waukesha, isn’t it? So why would it be acceptable to build more wells?

Of course, it isn’t really acceptable to them, and they know it is not sustainable in the long term. In addition, it would not be long before the City of Waukesha finds itself confronting the DNR on that point as well.

If you think the consultant Waukesha has hired now is expensive, they’ll be a bargain compared to the army of consultants and lawyers Waukesha will need to drill wells to the West.

So when Mayor Jeff Scrima parrots the talking points of those like Jim Rowen, perhaps someone should mention to him that they really, really don’t have the best interests of Waukesha at heart.

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