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Shaili Pfeiffer
Water Use Section
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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921
Phone number: 608-267-7630

City of New Berlin water diversion approval


Apostle Islands Shoreline

Photo by G. Mickelson

  • In 2009, the DNR approved a maximum diversion amount of 2.142 million gallons per day averaged over a calendar year for the City of New Berlin.
  • The City will continue to return water to the Lake Michigan Basin via Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District resulting in no net loss of water from the Great Lakes Basin.
  • The approval was granted under the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (Compact).
    • The Compact banned diversions of Great Lakes water with a few exceptions.
    • One exception to the Compact’s ban on diversions allows a “straddling community [exit DNR],” such as New Berlin, to apply for a diversion of Great Lakes water.
    • Diversions allowed under this exception must be used solely for public water supply [exit DNR] purposes in the community.

Approval documents

The DNR approved the City of New Berlin’s diversion application and water supply service area plan on May 21, 2009. The DNR approved the City of New Berlin's request for a revised water supply service area and diversion area expansion on November 27, 2012.

Documents provided as conditions of May 21, 2009 diversion approval:

Application materials

Original application materials are available upon request.

Last revised: Wednesday May 24 2017