Mequon’s new mayor, Curt Gielow, says he’d like to see the vacant industrial park behind Aurora Advanced Health Care building on Port Washington Road developed as a water research center.
Gielow, who heads Concordia University’s pharmacy school that is opening this fall, said he’d like the research to focus on the impact of those drugs and medications that get into Lake Michigan.
Neither sewage treatment nor water plants are capable of removing the drugs that are flushed into the sewers –- either directly or the remains that are in excrement -– and that is of growing concern nationally.
Gielow’s comments were made as an aside when I asked him about the proposed 36 percent increase the Milwaukee Water Works has proposed for some of the communities it serves. He said he’s a strong supporter of Milwaukee, but the rate increase is over the top.
Mequon has contracts with both Milwaukee and North Shore Water. Gielow said Mequon is so annoyed with Milwaukee that it is, like Shorewood, considering going with the North Shore for its water.
“I know that as Milwaukee goes, so goes its suburbs,” Gielow said. “We don’t need a city/suburban war over a little thing like this. I want to support Milwaukee but I don’t want to get skewered doing it.”
Marie Rohde is a staff writer at The Daily Reporter. She also gets annoyed with the city of Milwaukee from time to time.