Milwaukee Specializes in Great Water Quality
We’ve earned our reputation as a world water technology hub.
Where does great quality water come from? It takes more than a great source to get an exceptional end-product. With a meticulous eye on water quality, Milwaukee sets the stage for world-class water. A vigilant and aggressive water quality monitoring program ensures a safe supply for our customers.
Milwaukee’s rigorous water treatment process begins with ozone gas as a primary disinfectant. Ozone is a powerful disinfectant that destroys microorganisms, reduces the formation of chlorinated disinfection byproducts and removes taste and odor. Coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, biologically active filtration and chloramine disinfection ensure high quality water throughout the distribution system.
The Milwaukee Water Works tests source and treated drinking water for more than 500 contaminants, even though the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires tests for only 90. We’ve expanded our water quality monitoring and screening activities to include organisms and contaminants that are not yet regulated but considered of emerging concern.
Raising the bar in water testing
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’s drinking water. Milwaukee was also in compliance five years ahead of time with new EPA regulations to control disinfection byproducts. Voluntary testing for chromium-6 began in January 2011.
Milwaukee was the first U.S. city to post the results on the Internet, demonstrating a commitment to water quality and transparency to our customers.
Email Milwaukee Water Works today to discover how our safe, abundant water can benefit your business.