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The Milwaukee Water Works provides pure, safe, and delicious drinking water 24 hours every day. Your drinking water utility treats Lake Michigan water with the powerful disinfectant ozone to kill micro-organisms and destroy contaminants. And, Milwaukee water is a great value: 2.5 gallons cost one cent.
Make sure warm air is circulating around the pipes and meter. They can freeze and burst within hours if exposed to cold and drafty air. Frozen pipes and a frozen water meter stop water from flowing and are expensive to repair or replace. Property owners are responsible for protecting these from damage. If you suspect damage to your water pipes, please call a licensed plumber for assistance. Find more advice, and suggestions for thawing frozen pipes, in English en español. Watch a video http://www.wikihow.com/Prevent-Frozen-Water-Pipes.
The Milwaukee Water Works is filing a two-step rate adjustment proposal with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) this spring. We need additional revenue to keep the utility in good working condition so we can continue to provide high-quality water and the responsive level of service you appreciate. Property taxes do not pay for water service. As a non-profit, the utility continuously reinvests in its infrastructure. But water sales have continued to decline while costs to provide service have increased.
How much is the rate adjustment? The first step of 3% will take effect June 1. The first step will add $1.41 per quarter to a residential bill in Milwaukee. The second step, expected sometime next fall, would add $3.75 per quarter for a total additional $5.16 per quarter (three months), or an additional $1.72 per month. The cost of water for a single family residential customer using 15 Ccf (11,220 gallons) of water each quarter would be $52.00 per quarter, or $17.33 per month.
Even with the rate increase, the cost of Milwaukee water is incredibly inexpensive. Two-point-five gallons cost one cent, or $1.00 will pay for 250 gallons.
HomeServe offers optional water service line insurance. The City of Milwaukee does not endorse the product offered by this firm. The Milwaukee Water Works does not endorse products or services, but at times, the City of Milwaukee will endorse a product or service and announce and promote that to citizens. Learn more about promotional materials.
Here's the current Consumer Confidence Report (en español). Milwaukee’s drinking water is of the highest quality, by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. The Milwaukee Water Works has a high level of confidence in the water treated and piped to your home, school, and business, and you can have the same confidence. Milwaukee is a national leader in monitoring the quality of both Lake Michigan source and treated drinking water. Learn more in the Water Quality section. The Alliance for the Great Lakes agrees: “The city takes its water supply seriously. ... The effort put forth by MWW is commendable as it is leading the way among public water utilities. More frequent monitoring for priority chemicals could help to establish temporal trends — if any exist — in the occurrence of emerging contaminants.”
The Milwaukee Water Works continues to invest in its water treatment and delivery system. Read about the improvements to protect public health, and an overview of Milwaukee's nationally recognized water quality program.
The Milwaukee Water Works and H2Oscore have formed a partnership to provide water usage data at an online portal to help consumers understand and control their water use and costs. Read all about it here, then log on at H2Oscore.
The Milwaukee Water Works is replacing residential water meters in Milwaukee, Greenfield, Hales Corners, and St. Francis during the next several years. Learn more about the program.
Milwaukee has an abundant water resource in Lake Michigan, which contributes to a high quality of life and a reliable supply of fresh drinking water. We use Lake Michigan water and return it to the lake. As a steward of the resource, the Milwaukee Water Works uses sustainable practices to reduce its energy, carbon and water footprints while purifying and pumping the water. The utility focuses on supply-side conservation, water accountability, energy conservation, operational efficiency and consumer advocacy to prevent water waste. The Milwaukee Water Works has received several environmental stewardship awards for these activities.
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Help Protect Source Water -- Safely Dispose of Unused Medicine, Household Hazardous Waste, and Electronics A clean water source is one of the barriers to protect public health. The Milwaukee Water Works analyzes Lake Michigan water and treated drinking water for regulated and non-regulated contaminants, including pharmaceuticals. These compounds are present in the lake water but none have been found in treated drinking water. Properly dispose of unused medicines and waste chemicals to prevent Lake Michigan pollution. Visit the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) website for information about unused Medicine Collection.
Visit the MMSD website for information about Household Hazardous Waste Collection.
Wisconsin law bans many types of consumer electronics from landfills. City of Milwaukee residents can recycle electronics at no charge at the city’s Self-Help Centers. Electronics may contain hazardous materials including lead, cadmium, and mercury. Keeping electronics out of landfills reduces negative impacts to ground, air, and water resources and human health. Visit the Milwaukee Public Works website for more information.
Waste Less, Recycle More -- By charging for a second garbage cart, the City of Milwaukee encourages citizens to recycle more and generate less garbage. If you have more than one cart, the charge will appear on your Municipal Services Bill. For more information, or to request removal of extra garbage carts, call (414) 286-CITY (2489). There is no extra charge for more than one recycling cart.
Me2 - Milwaukee Energy Efficiency -- Improve your home comfort and save money on energy bills.
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The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) designs and approves water use and service charges for the Milwaukee Water Works, which serves Milwaukee and 15 communities. Find rate information at Customer Service.
Milwaukee offers a Declining Block Rate which is an advantage for high water use customers such as manufacturers. Calculate DBR savings at GreatMilwaukeeWater.com.
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