• Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility

    Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility

    Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the City of Milwaukee, Jones Island is where MMSD makes Milorganite® - a fertilizer trusted by experts since 1926. The facility is on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

  • MMSD Central Laboratory

    MMSD Central Laboratory

    Come tour our Central Laboratory to learn about water quality testing. The Central Laboratory is the largest municipal wastewater testing laboratory in the state.

  • R/V Pelagos: The Freshwater Resources Monitoring Waterways Tour

    R/V Pelagos: The Freshwater Resources Monitoring Waterways Tour

    Come observe Scientists in action and aboard the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s research vessel, the Pelagos! Learn water collection techniques, how to take various water quality measurements, and what the results mean for our waterways.

  • Green Infrastructure SitesĀ 

    Green Infrastructure SitesĀ 

    There are many sites throughout the metropolitan Milwaukee region where green infrastructure installments are helping to manage stormwater runoff. Sites may include various river and shoreline improvements, rain gardens, green streets, and green roofs.

Tours 

Water Reclamation Facilities

MMSD cleans billions of gallons of wastewater every year at two reclamation facilities that serve 1.1 million people in 28 communities.

Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility - Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the City of Milwaukee, Jones Island is where MMSD makes Milorganite® - a fertilizer trusted by experts since 1926. The facility is on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Group Size: 10 – 50 people.

Age Group: Suitable for adults and students grades 5 and above.

Time Allocation: Between 1 ½ - 2 hours

Schedule: At least 3-4 weeks in advance

Request A Tour: Tours of Jones Island Reclamation Facility and South Shore Reclamation Facility are scheduled separately, through MMSD’s contracted operator, Veolia Water Milwaukee, LLC. To request a tour, please complete this form, and for questions contact Meredith Wittmann (414) 514-6859.

MMSD Central Laboratory

Extend student learning beyond the classroom through guided tours and educational programming at local nature centers. Questions on any of these opportunities please fill out this form and we will be in touch. 

Come tour our Central Laboratory to learn about water quality testing. The Central Laboratory is the largest municipal wastewater testing laboratory in the state.

Group Size: 10 or less.

Age Group: Suitable for adults and students in high school or post-secondary.

Time Allocation: Approximately 1 hour

Schedule: At least 30 days in advance.

Request A Tour: Fill out this form to request a tour.

R/V Pelagos: The Freshwater Resources Monitoring Waterways Tour

Come observe Scientists in action and aboard the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s research vessel, the Pelagos! Learn water collection techniques, how to take various water quality measurements, and what the results mean for our waterways.

Group Size: 15 or less.

Age Group: Suitable for adults and students in high school with a minimum of 1 Biology class.

Time Allocation: Approximately 2 hours

Schedule: Friday tours are preferred. Tours are subject to cancellation based on weather conditions.

Request A Tour: Fill out this form to request a tour. Must fill out a liability waiver at least 24 hours before the tour.

What to Wear:  Must wear long pants and close-toed shoes.  It is recommended to dress in layers and be prepared for the elements (sunscreen, hat, water, etc.)

Green Infrastructure (GI) Sites 

There are many sites throughout the metropolitan Milwaukee region where green infrastructure installments are helping to manage stormwater runoff. Sites may include various river and shoreline improvements, rain gardens, green streets, and green roofs.

Group Size: 10-100

Age Group: Suitable for adults and students in middle school and above.

Time Allocation: Dependent on location.

Schedule: At least 30 days in advance.

Request A Tour: Fill out this form to request a tour