Abundant Treatment Capacity
Milwaukee’s water source is Lake Michigan, the sixth largest freshwater lake on earth. Unlike communities that depend on finite sources of groundwater, Milwaukee has excess capacity in its water supply. Water treated and used is returned to the lake.
Our system pumpage is 130 million gallons per day (mgd) but our daily system practical capacity is 360 mgd.
Without treatment plant expansion, the Milwaukee Water Works can reliably provide an additional 100 mgd while maintaining an adequate safety margin for fire suppression.
Milwaukee can put its supply and treatment capacity to work on behalf of businesses and industry that require the certainty of an abundant and reliable water supply.
The Competitive Cost Advantage