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Milwaukee Water Works
The Milwaukee Water Works was established on April 18, 1871. The utility began pumping water from Lake Michigan on Sept. 14, 1874. We are proud to serve as the longest continuously operating water utility in the State of Wisconsin.
The North Point Tower
The North Point Fountain in North Point Water Tower Park
A Century of Water
Read about the origin and development of the Milwaukee Water Works, "A Century of Milwaukee Water" by Elmer W. Becker, Former Superintendent (1964-1972). The 29 chapters are divided here in thirds. Find the Table of Contents on page 2.
Milwaukee, A City Built on Water
Historian John Gurda explores how the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan spurred Milwaukee's growth. (A production of Wisconsin Eye Public Affairs Network in collaboration with Milwaukee Public Television.)
Origins of the Milwaukee Water Works, by Bruce Jordan. "Milwaukee History," The Magazine of the Milwaukee County Historical Society, Volume 9 Spring, 1986; Number 1. Copyright, 1986 by the Milwaukee County Historical Society
Annual Inspection 1895
1914 Milwaukee Water
Works truck at
Zeidler Municipal Building
841 N. Broadway, Room 406
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Open Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 3268, Milwaukee, WI 53201-3268
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