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In 2017, the City of Milwaukee is replacing only lead services lines that are found to be leaking or are damaged during planned construction. If either occurs, the Milwaukee Water Works would immediately notify the property owner and explain options to replace the property owner's section of the service line. The Milwaukee Water Works is replacing all lead service lines in a collaborative effort with the City of Milwaukee Health Department at 385 licensed child care facilities and eight private schools.
Milwaukee is a National Leader in Water Quality
and in the Water Community
The Milwaukee Water Works is a national leader in providing high-quality drinking water, and is recognized in the national water community for its comprehensive water quality monitoring program and operations. The Water Works was organized on April 18, 1871 and began operations September 14, 1874. We are proud to serve as the longest continuously operating water utility in Wisconsin.
The Water Research Foundation (WRF) awarded its 2016 Outstanding Subscriber Award for Applied Research to the Milwaukee Water Works. The award honors member utilities that have successfully applied WRF research to make notable improvements to their water treatment, delivery and management processes. The award, presented in June, "celebrates the persistence and dedication of some of WRF's most influential partners." The Milwaukee Water Works also was featured as the WRF observes its 50th anniversary this year. Milwaukee continues to participate in WRF projects benefitting the drinking water community, as seen in a video here. Read the Milwaukee Water Works and Ozone story.
The Wisconsin Section of the American Water Works Association presented its 2016 Utility Special Achievement Award to the Milwaukee Water Works for its Lead Service Line Program.
The MWW water quality team and former Supt. Carrie Lewis were published nationally in January when the Journal of the American Water Works Association ran their research findings about lead and drinking water sampling, which were reviewed by the City of Milwaukee Health Department, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Department of Natural Resources and EPA. Access is available to members of the AWWA: "Lead Water Service Lines: Extensive Sampling and Field Protocol Protects Public Health"