Water for Jobs Application Approved by City Committee
At the January 6th, 2010 Public Works Committee meeting the first step was taken towards creating a special water rate that could be given to businesses in return for job creation within the City of Milwaukee. Specifically, the committee approved an application to the Public Service Commission requesting a rate category be created to accommodate this request. This rate would allow discounted, potentially free, water use for companies relocating or expanding in Milwaukee provided they create 25 new jobs, and require 35,000 gallons of water a day. The discounted rate would be eligible for five years for a firm relocating to Milwaukee and three years for a firm expanding in Milwaukee. It would also require the firm to submit a water use plan to insure that water wasn’t being wasted.
Although, somewhat similar proposals have turned down by the Public Service Commission in the past, Carrie Lewis, Superintendent of the Milwaukee Water Works, explained that this particular rate’s likelihood of being approved is “excellent.” She explained that the previous proposals were viewed as “discriminatory,” by the commission but that this proposal isn’t being viewed similarly because the Milwaukee Water Works has excess capacity, and that this would allow the Milwaukee Water Works to better utilize the existing system, and therefore in the long run hold costs down for all users.