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Doors Open 2020 – Take a Virtual Tour of the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility

09/26/20 05:30:am
Doors Open 2020 - Virtual Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility


All of the information, none of the smell. Virtually explore the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility.  Your nose will thank you!

From September 26th to October 11thtake a free virtual tour of the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility, see how we clean wastewater, how Milorganite is made, and what you can do at your home to manage water where it falls as part of Historic Milwaukee’s Doors Open 2020.  Join us to learn something new about the water you use every day! Some of the highlights include:


Click here to start the virtual tour of Jones Island!



  • Tour Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility Virtually

    • Ever wonder what happens to the water from your toilet or shower at home? How does all that water get cleaned? Come explore these questions and more on a virtual tour of Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility!  This virtual tour includes information on the history of Jones Island, the wastewater treatment process, and how you can help protect this precious resource.

  • Learn About Milorganite®

    • One of the oldest branded fertilizers on the market, Milorganite has been exclusively made in Milwaukee for over 93 years! Manufactured by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District using wastewater from the metropolitan Milwaukee area, it’s composed of heat-dried microbes that have digested the organic matter in wastewater.
  • Manage Water Where It Falls Video

    • Capturing water where it falls is one of the biggest ways you can help protect Lake Michigan and help keep water out of your basement. Are you a homeowner in southeastern Wisconsin concerned about the environment and hoping to manage stormwater that falls where you live? You can help protect your home, improve water and air quality, reduce the risk of sewer problems, beautify your neighborhood, and “green” your corner of the world by adopting a simple practice or two! The Fresh Coast Resource Center, along with expert gardener Melinda Meyers, will show you seven steps in this video to better manage water in your landscape.



Ways You Can Protect Lake Michigan:

MMSD Water Drop Alert

Text: WATERDROP to 414-296-4422 for Española texto GOTADEAGUA a 414-296-4422

Receive Water Drop Alert text messages when heavy rain threatens the area. When a Water Drop Alert has been issued, a reminder is sent to use less water.

What do you do when an alert is issued?

  • Hold off on washing dishes and laundry
  • Take a shorter shower 
  • Empty your rain barrel
Install a Milwaukee Rain Barrel

Install a Rain Barrel

Get FREE water by the barrel from your roof and use it when it’s dry outside to use in your landscape.  Rain barrels help keep excess water out of the sewer system and help reduce water pollution. 

Only flush the three Ps - pee, poo, toilet paper

What Can I Flush Down the Toilet? 

Any items flushed other than toilet paper can create costly clogs in your home pipes, our community sewer pipes, and our water reclamation facilities. Learn what items you should not flush down your toilet.