Freshwater Advantages for Business

Downtown MilwaukeeMilwaukee's abundant, reliable, high quality supply of water provided at a low cost, helps water-intensive and water technology business and research perform competitively and profitably in the Milwaukee area. Milwaukee offers a longterm solution to drought, aquifer depletion, contamination, and other source and quality problems for water-intensive industry. We have a continuous supply of water and excess capacity of both water and sewerage treatment facilities, provided at competitive and stable rates. Fresh water is Milwaukee’s competitive advantage.

Water Rate Discount for Business

The Milwaukee Water Works provides a Declining Block Rate (DBR) in which cost per unit of water decreases with increased water usage. This is an advantage for commercial customers who use more than 1,667 Ccf per month (approximately 1,247,000 gallons/month).

Mayor Tom Barrett delivers City of Milwaukee collaboration to encourage water research and business development. The Milwaukee Water Works is a founding sponsor of FaB Wisconsin, a regional food and beverage industry cluster network.

For more information, please contact the Milwaukee Water Works Water Marketing Specialist, (414) 286-2803 or email Contact our economic development partners for additional resources:

Milwaukee Department of City Development, (414) 286-5800

Milwauke Economic Development Corp., (414) 286-5840

MILWAUKEE 7 Regional Economic Development Partnership, (866) 596-6463 or (414) 287-4126

FaB Milwaukee

The Water Council, (414) 828-3817

Engineering Resources -- Standards and Specs at the left

Water and Hydrant and Service Charges in effect until December 15, 2014

Water Connection Permit Charges in effect until December 15, 2014

Landscapers and other contractors may purchase water in bulk from the Milwaukee Water Works at the Meter Services Shop, 2919 W. Cameron Ave. Bulk Water Purchase Charges in effect until December 15, 2014

New rates for these charges take effect December 15, 2014.  Please use the new rates for bidding all upcoming projects that are expected to be permitted after December 15: Charges for Hydrant, Water Connection, and Bulk Water purchase

Obtain water service permits, including permits to hook up to a hydrant or install a temporary meter, and information about water and sewer service to a particular location or address from the Department of Neighborhood Services Tech Team. Call (414) 286-8208 or email Or, use the automated voice response system, (414) 286-8211. Find a list of water-related permits at the Permit Center website, scroll down topics list to W.