The Environmental Section is financed through the Sewer Maintenance and Storm Water Management fees and is responsible for the programming, funding, design and installation of sanitary, storm and combined sewer facilities, as well as building sewers.
The Section also handles the administration and implementation of the City’s two Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits. One permit covers the sanitary sewer system and the other permit covers the discharge of storm sewers into the area’s rivers and Lake Michigan. The Section manages various infiltration and inflow reduction activities required to meet Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s Rules. In addition, the Section, through its Underground Operations Unit, is responsible for the inspection, maintenance, and repair of the City’s sewer mains, manholes, catch basins and storm inlets. The construction of the underground conduit system is also performed by Underground Operations.