History & Fun Stuff
The Milwaukee Water Works was established 147 years ago on April 18, 1871. The utility began operations on Sept. 14, 1874. We are proud to serve as the longest continuously operating water utility in the State of Wisconsin.
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.
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.)