The Waukesha Water Utility Commission has selected a program manager for the city’s move to make Lake Michigan its main water supply — an undertaking that is expected to take five years and cost $206 million.
Greeley and Hansen, an environmental engineering firm headquartered in Chicago, was selected by the commission on Wednesday. The firm specializes in water and wastewater engineering, according to a news release from the Waukesha Water Utility.
The firm will manage the permitting, design and construction of the project, as well as handle things like route studies, land and easement acquisitions. Greeley and Hansen will open a local office to work on the project.
“This is another major milestone on our path to a safe and reliable water supply for our families and employers,” Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly said in the news release.
Eight firms responded to a request for qualifications that the utility issued in June. Of those, three were asked to submit a proposal. The utility selected Greeley and Hansen from there.
Waukesha received approval in June of its application to start drawing water from Lake Michigan. Under an agreement called the Great Lakes Compact, Waukesha could not get that water without first obtaining the assent of the governors of the eight states that border at least one of the Great Lakes.
The approval came after the proposal was reviewed for six years by regulators in Wisconsin and the other Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces.
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