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Waukesha cutting estimate on Lake Michigan drinking water needed

WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - Waukesha is reducing its estimate of how much drinking water it will need from Lake Michigan by 2050. 

City water utility manager Dan Duchniak told officials from eight Great Lakes states Monday that current conservation efforts are helping reduce Waukesha's need by just over 7 percent. 

Waukesha is under a court order to remove excess radium from its drinking water by mid-2018. The city's wells have been running dry -- and Waukesha has tried for several years to get permission to use Great Lakes drinking water. 

The city is just outside Lake Michigan's natural basin, so it will need approval from all eight Great Lakes states.

Duchniak spoke to representatives of those states today as four days of regional meetings about the Great Lakes began in Milwaukee. 

The DNR was hoping to review Waukesha's application in July, but city leaders are still working on it.

Duchniak said Monday that the city would discharge its treated wastewater to the Root River, instead of an original plan to use Underwood Creek