Access to Lake Michigan Water
Since the inception of the public water system over 75 years ago, underground water has been pumped from local wells and delivered for use to Wauconda residents and businesses. In 2008, Village officials became concerned about the diminishing water supply in local aquifers and the possibility of ground water contamination, and began work to investigate alternate water sources. One of the alternatives considered was Lake Michigan water, and a request was submitted to the proper authorities for consideration to grant an allocation of the lake water. The request was approved in 2011 and on November 6, 2012, Wauconda residents voted in favor of making Lake Michigan water the community’s primary source of drinking water, switching away from the current ground water wells. With the voter passage of this referendum, the Village began work immediately to make Lake Michigan water its primary source of drinking water (the current well system will remain in place to act as an emergency back-up system).