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Superior Water Quality

Milwaukee is a national leader in producing high quality water and water quality monitoring. The City of Milwaukee has made major investments in water quality monitoring and water treatment infrastructure since the 1990s.

The Milwaukee Water Works tests source and treated drinking water for over 500 contaminants while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires tests for 91. The additional monitoring is done as a precaution to ensure safe water, to collect baseline data for study, to help increase the understanding of how contaminants may affect public health, and to meet future regulations. Milwaukee was one of the first utilities in the U.S., starting in 2004, to test source and drinking water for endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs) and in 2005, to test for pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). None have been found in Milwaukee drinking water.

In 2008, the Associated Press (AP) cited Milwaukee as one of only 28 major utilities in the U.S. to test source and treated water for emerging contaminants such as EDCs and PPCPs. Milwaukee was the first U.S. utility to post the test results on the Internet. The Milwaukee Water Works makes this information readily available to demonstrate a commitment to water quality and transparency in its information. Neither testing nor disclosure of results is required under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Milwaukee's water quality monitoring system was in full compliance five years ahead of time with new EPA regulations to control disinfection by products.

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