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As western states struggle with empty reservoirs and limits on growth imposed by water shortages, Wisconsin seemingly swims in an abundance of fresh water with municipal water supplies facing little threat even during summer droughts. One reason in addition to our environment is that over the past generation, the state’s water utility customers have been steadily purchasing fewer gallons, which has helped to conserve this vital resource but also put pressure on utilities to raise their rates.

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