Freshwater only accounts for 2% of the world’s water. The Great Lakes contain over 20% of the global supply of fresh water and 84% of North America's surface fresh water. Milwaukee’s unique geographical location has inspired its leaders to celebrate and protect this priceless natural resource. The City of Milwaukee is establishing itself as a Water Centric City through its water leadership. Working with many diverse partners, the City has prioritized projects to enhance all aspects of water in the City of Milwaukee and surrounding region.
City of Milwaukee agencies play a leading role in providing healthy drinking water, managing storm water, and enhancing our water assets. The City and our partners collaborate with other units of government, business, academic institutions, and civic organizations to reach our shared Water Centric City goals. Cities across the world are taking steps to become Water Centric Cities.