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Milwaukee willing to revisit Waukesha water sale, but it's likely too late
Milwaukee Business Journal (5/24)
In Wisconsin, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett remains open to a conversation about selling Lake Michigan water to Waukesha, but Waukesha’s pending water deal with Oak Creek quashes the potential for any talks right now.

EDITORIAL: Clean water: Chicago takes a leap
Chicago Tribune (5/24)
If the new Stickney Water Reclamation Plant near Chicago, Ill., performs as expected, the Chicago water district could build other plants to spread the cleaning and recycling across the region.

COMMENTARY: Great Lakes compact works even if Waukesha gets water
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (5/21)
Even if the Waukesha, Wis., diversion is approved, we should regard it as a demonstration that the Great Lakes compact works. Its function is not to ban diversions but to build a robust institution of transboundary governance protecting a common resource.

Congresswomen want Great Lakes water diversion blocked
Detroit Free Press (5/19)
Two Michigan congresswomen wrote Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday asking him to vote to deny a Wisconsin city’s request to divert 8 million gallons of drinking water a day.

COMMENTARY: Waukesha water diversion: Take all the time needed to weigh revised plan
Star Tribune (5/17)
Like the Great Lakes themselves, the Great Lakes Compact is worth protecting. Let’s do it right, and not rush to judgment on something this important.

EDITORIAL: Does Waukesha have a choice?
Duluth News Tribune (5/16)
The editorial board argues that a reduction in the amount of water Waukesha, Wisc., could divert from Lake Michigan may prove to be a good compromise on the issue.

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Water Use Sector Definitions

1. Public Water Supply: Water distributed to the public through a physically connected system of treatment, storage and distribution facilities serving a group of largely residential customers that may also serve industrial, commercial, and other institutional operators. Water Withdrawn directly from the Basin and not through such a system shall not be considered to be used for Public Water Supply Purposes.
2. Self-Supply Commercial and Institutional: Commercial uses include Water used by motels, hotels, restaurants, office buildings and institutions, both civilian and military, that would not otherwise be considered Public Water Supplies. This category also includes Water for mobile homes, hospitals, schools, air conditioning and other similar uses not covered under a public supply. In addition, this category includes amusement and recreational Water uses such as snowmaking and Water slides.
3. Self-Supply Irrigation: Water artificially applied on lands to assist in the growing of crops and pastures or in the maintenance of recreational lands, such as parks and golf courses.

4. Self-Supply Livestock: Water used by horses, cattle, sheep, goats, hogs, poultry, and other commercially important animals. Water used in fish hatchery operations are also included under this category.

5. Self-Supply Industrial: Industrial Water includes Water used in the manufacture of metals, chemicals, paper, food and beverage and other Products. Mining Water use includes Water used in the extraction or washing of minerals, for example solids, such as coal and ores, and liquids such as crude petroleum and natural gas. Water used in quarrying and milling is also included in the industrial category. Brine extraction from oil and gas operations is not included. Withdrawals and Consumptive Uses for industrial and mining purposes (including dewatering operations) recorded under another category (e.g., public supply) will not be recorded here. Once initially reported, Water used in a closed cycle (recirculation) will not be reported as a Withdrawal. "Make-up Water" will be reported once upon entering the system. Other situations should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

6. Self-Supply Thermoelectric Power (Once-through cooling): Withdrawals and consumptive uses already recorded under another category (e.g., public supply) will not be reported here. Typically, these facilities are fueled by fossil fuels such as coal, oil or natural gas.

7. Self-Supply Thermoelectric Power (Recirculated cooling): Withdrawals and consumptive uses already recorded under another category (e.g., public supply) will not be reported here. Once initially reported, Water used in a closed cycle (recirculation) will not be reported as a Withdrawal. "Make-up Water" will be reported once upon entering the system. Typically these facilities are powered by nuclear fuel.

8. Off-Stream Hydroelectric Power Production: Water removed from a stream channel and used to drive turbines that generate electric power. This category also includes "off-stream use" for pumped-storage systems [e.g., reservoir storage] that return water to the source.

9. In-Stream Hydroelectric Water Use: This category includes "run of the river" use which is not considered a Water Withdrawal or Consumptive Use. Reporting for this category is voluntary.

10. Self-Supply - Other: Water used for purposes not reported in categories one through nine. Examples include, but are not limited to, withdrawals for fish/wildlife, environmental, recreation, navigation, and water quality purposes. Specifically, water used to maintain levels for navigation, for recreation, for fish and wildlife habitat creation and enhancement (excluding fish hatchery operations included under Category 5), for flow augmentation (or diversion), for sanitation, pollution confinement, and other water quality purposes and agricultural activities (services) other than those directly related to irrigation.