RACINE, WI–A Wisconsin judge has affirmed the decision of the state DNR to allocate 7 million gallons of water to Mt Pleasant each day. Much of that amount will go to Foxconn.
The electronics giant expected to use more than 5 million gallons per day, which will be used from Lake Michigan and then returned via the Racine Water Utility.
Advocates challenged the plans last year saying that the water diversion-outside of Lake Michigan’s Water Basin-should not be allowed.
The Racine Journal Times reports that last week a judge disagreed, saying that businesses benefit the public and should enjoy the same benefits as someone who would use the water for a non economic purpose.
He also ruled that Foxconn being outside the Great Lakes basin is not an obstacle because the diversion is still for public supply services by the Racine Water Utility.