Suburbs will rely on water from
Green Bay area communities disagree on who will offer
Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers
DE PERE - Green Bay’s suburbs voted Wednesday to buy
Lake Michigan drinking water to replace their dwindling
supply of radium-tainted groundwater.
But the village of Ashwaubenon and the six-member communities
of the Central Brown County Water Authority agreed to
disagree about where they’ll get the water.
The Water Authority unanimously voted to accept an offer
that will make it a wholesale customer of the Manitowoc
Public Utilities just hours after the Village Board in
Ashwaubenon, a former authority member, voted late Tuesday
evening to accept a competing offer from Green Bay.
Green Bay had sought a deal with a seven-member Water
Authority that included Ashwaubenon, and the Water Authority
had strained to find a solution that would allow it to
keep Ashwaubenon among its members.
Ashwaubenon is the biggest municipal water user in Brown
County after Green Bay, and would have comprised about
40 percent of the Water Authority’s annual volume had
it remained a member.