Today's New York Times contains an article on the gathering storm of disputes over rights to Lake Michigan water, centered in Waukesha. They even provide a handy pronunciation guide: say WAH-keh-shaw.
If the city does not get access to Lake Michigan water, it will face bills of perhaps tens of millions of dollars to lower the radium levels by either cleaning up the existing water or finding a new, uncontaminated source. But some politicians in Milwaukee, where the population fell by 8.9 percent in the 1990's, are loath to sell the city's Lake Michigan water to suburbs that have been draining away their businesses and wealthier residents, and their tax base.
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