Letter: Water Authority will do
'what needs to be done'
Green Bay News-Chronicle
In an open letter to its member communities, the Central
Brown County Water Authority said it will do "what
needs to be done" to get clean water to its communities,
and said no matter what option it takes, water rates will
rise in those municipalities.
In the letter, authority president Len Teresinski said
"it is expensive to obtain another water source for
the communities but it must be done because of the water
quantity and quality problems that the municipalities
now face, which will only get worse unless another water
sources is obtained."
The letter said the authority still believes the best
solution is a mutual solution with the city of Green Bay.
The two sides have talked for 2 1/2 years about an agreement
to buy Green Bay's water piped from Lake Michigan or share
It noted Green Bay recently changed its plans to build
a new pipeline and returned to an option - additional
construction to boost capacity of its present pipe - "that
they discarded two years ago."
"It has never made any sense to the authority that
each party should go its separate way and build separate
raw water pipelines," the letter said.
It listed the authority's proposals to Green Bay:
_ A Modified Contributed Capital option, in which the
CBCWA would pay $17.46 million, Green Bay $18.54 million,
with the authority paying a sum for "other considerations."
Teresinski noted the city would save $11.46 million while
the authority would save $10.54 million with the joint
If forced to build its own pipe, the authority would
pay $28 million. The authority serves as a middleman,
selling the water, whether from Green Bay's pipe or its
own, to the communities which then add to the base purchase
rate to cover their own costs.
Teresinski also defended the decision to drop the use
of aquifer storage and recovery as an option, citing few
short-term benefits and too many risks with the as-yet
"Green Bay is in position to see if this technology
can work with virtually no risks to the city except the
actual cost of the pilot test," Teresinski said.
"The city, therefore, can afford to wait. The authority
has determined that the risks are too great to continue
He said Green Bay has the right to decide its best long-term
solution to its problems.
The complete text of the letter is at www.cbcwaterauthority.com/openletter.htm