- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - Officials from Great Lakes states and provinces are set to hear from the public about a Wisconsin city’s request to draw drinking water from Lake Michigan.

The afternoon hearing Thursday at Carroll University will be the only opportunity for people in Waukesha to speak directly to representatives of the group considering the request.

Written comments will be accepted until March 14.

Waukesha is outside the Great Lakes’ geographical boundary, but it’s part of a county that straddles the line. Under a regional compact, such communities can apply to withdraw water from the lakes. But permission is needed from all eight states.

Waukesha says it needs to tap Lake Michigan because its groundwater is contaminated.

Opponents have said Waukesha has alternatives and that the proposed withdrawal could set a bad precedent.

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