This is an updated re-post from earlier - we wanted to clarify some points. :)
Over the last few weeks, we have watched while the Foxconn deal has changed - from a giant screen facility, requiring Corning to locate here and build a plant in Area 2 - to a smaller screen plant - not in need of a Corning facility.
We also have seen the water usage drop. It was first (probably incorrectly) reported Foxconn would need over 12 million gallons of water, then 7 million, and now 2.5 million gallons.
The amount of water returned to the Racine Wastewater Utility has also drastically changed. With the recently announced ZLD system - it is possible that little to no water will be treated by Racine.
Deals change, but the deal for a big screen plant and 7 million gallons of water was the one local officials agreed to.
The Racine Water Utility makes money in water. Selling and treating water. When Foxconn was announced, the deal for them in selling and treating water was a miracle. That revenue would lower water charges and build capacity and infrastructure for years to come - all on Foxconn's dime.
Now? Not so much. In talking with a person who served on the wastewater commission - they estimate the difference between the original deal the city signed and what they have now will cost the Racine Water Utility approximately a billion dollars over the next 25 years. That means no relief for water bills for anyone in the area.
It also means that instead of being able to monitor what effluent Foxconn puts out - the discharge will sit in tanks in Mt. Pleasant - doing who knows what.Do you really think Foxconn didn't know about ZLD systems last year? Do you really think they got the water usage so critically wrong OR did they paint an extremely profitable picture to get a deal signed?