Great Lakes water demand rises
Published August 12, 2005
WAUKESHA, Wis., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The battle for fresh
water from the Great Lakes is expected get worse as aquifers
are depleted in the United States.
In a reversal of history, residents of Waukesha, Wis.,
who have used up much of their mineral-rich water, are
looking to Chicagoans for a share from Lake Michigan,
which they had shunned a century ago.
The New York Times reported that in 1892, one speculator
tried to pipe the Waukesha water to Chicago but the pipe
layers were chased away by town residents with pistols,
pitchforks and fire hoses.
Authorities who control the Great Lakes are not sure
any of it should go to communities like Waukesha, which
is 15 miles from the lake's shore but outside of its watershed,
the report said.
They fear that without strict rules on who gets Great
Lakes water, water-starved western cities will eventually
knock at the door, the report said.
Todd Ambs at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
says the Great Lakes basin has "more and more demands
for water and certainly more and more development.
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