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Lake Michigan water topic of Monday’s meeting in Waukesha

The Waukesha Water Utility Commission will host a town hall meeting at the City Hall chambers from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday to address public questions and concerns about the city’s efforts to obtain Lake Michigan water.

Waukesha officials are seeking approval on a $164 million project to transfer Milwaukee water to the city.

The project was deemed the least expensive among six proposed options, said Dan Duchniak, Waukesha Water Utility general manager.

Waukesha submitted its most recent Great Lakes Water application late last month to the state Department of Natural Resources for review. The request requires governors from all eight states bordering the Great Lakes approve the transfer of water beyond the lakeshore.

If approved, Waukesha would be the first exemption since the Great Lakes compact became state and federal law in December 2008.

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