The Green Bay Water Utility is located at 631 S Adams Street in Green Bay Wisconsin.
The Green Bay Water Utility, along with its predecessor (a privately owned company), has been in business over 120 years. The private commercial venture was begun in 1886 by a syndicate of New Englanders and operated under franchises granted by both of the then-existing Green Bay and Fort Howard communities. In 1894, the group of Connecticut promoters who established the original company sold out to local investors after having operated the system for about eight years. The original private company began operations with three wells, 12 miles of water mains, a pump house with reservoirs and a 12 inch river-crossing main to the west side of the Fox River to supply the community of Fort Howard. When the company sold eight years later to local investors, it had grown to include 29 miles of mains. Early records were not required, but a 1909 Railroad Commission report lists the locally owned system as having 43.1 miles of main and 4,002 customers, mostly residential. Industrial and commercial users at this early date generally had their own wells. In 1910, talk began about a municipal owned department, and a referendum overwhelmingly carried, only to have the efforts die there. The price of $500,000 was rejected by the City Council due to the fact that the amount being considered at that time represented a "staggering" sum. World War I came and went, and the issue resurfaced in 1920. A new referendum was passed, and the system was purchased on November 12, 1920 by the City of Green Bay for $975,000. Since inception in 1886, Green Bay had boasted about its pure and abundant water, brought up from deep artesian wells. But growth in population and commercial and industrial activities began to show a strain on the supply. In 1930, the average daily per capita consumption was between 40 and 50 gallons; by 1957, this had mushroomed to nearly 200 gallons. In addition, the water level, which in 1935 was a mere 95 feet below ground surface, had dropped to 350 feet. The natural reservoir of water could not be replenished as fast as city needs were growing. By 1952, it was evident that some new source had to be found. Deep, pure, dark blue Lake Michigan was nearby and an attractive source. After meeting with some opposition, work on the $10 million facility began in 1956. In August of 1957, construction was completed, and on August 10, 1957, the "new" water streamed and bubbled to customers. In November of 1964, the City of Green Bay annexed the Town of Preble, which had 3,516 customers. By 1970, there were 23,000 customers, and to date, there are 36,000. The water is still being drawn from Lake Michigan, 27 miles to the east of Green Bay, just north of the City of Kewaunee. The maximum pumping capacity during that first year was approximately 13 million gallons per day (MGD). Today, thanks to system upgrades, the maximum pumping capacity has grown to approximately 42 MGD. The Utility's retail service area currently is confined to the City's boundaries. Wholesale service to the Village of Ashwaubenon began in June, 2006 and to the Town of Scott in October, 2006. Construction and maintenance of all Utility facilities and improvements are the responsibility of the Utility. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) regulates the Utility's operations pursuant to Chapter 196 of the Wisconsin State Statutes. The Utility's retail service area, which is the City of Green Bay, is the third most populous city in Wisconsin, and has continued to experience substantial growth in population and tax base. The City has become one of the State's predominant manufacturing areas, with particular emphasis on non-durable goods industries. The City has a current population of 103,500. Since 1960, through annexation and consolidation, the City of Green Bay has grown physically from 15.5 square miles to a present area covering approximately 46.1 square miles. The City's population density of approximately 2,245 persons per square mile indicates there is ample land for future growth and development.
Mission: The mission of the Green Bay Water Utility is to provide an adequate supply of high quality, potable water at reasonable cost to the residences and businesses of Green Bay. We are dedicated to supplying friendly, convenient, and dependable service. We will attempt to understand our customers' needs in order to assure their satisfaction.
TIPS FOR PROTECTING LAKE MICHIGAN THIS SUMMER:
💊Dispose of meds properly
🥤Ditch the one-time-use plastic
🍎Learn about water and teach others, too
The things we wouldn't have without water! 🍔 #NationalHamburgerDay
But we usually don't need that much. 😄 #GreenBayH2o
That is DEEP❕ #GreenBayh2o #LakeMichigan
Today we remember those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Thank you to all the brave men and women. We are forever grateful! 🙏🏼🇺🇸 #MemorialDay
We offer the most affordable water in Brown County 💰 🚰 #GreenBayh2o
Green Bay Water Utility's cover photo
We 💙 Lake Michigan!
City of Green Bay Government
#GreenBayGoesOn during this pandemic and we are still here, working hard every day to keep our community safe. Watch this video to hear from Andrew Smith, Chief of the Green Bay Police Department and Mayor Eric Genrich.
As always, reach out to any department if you have questions or concerns.
Request for Service: https://rfs.greenbaywi.gov/requestforservice/
Contact the Mayor online: https://greenbaywi.gov/FormCenter/Mayor-5/Contact-the-Mayor-126 or by phone: 920-448-3005
Contact Police Non-Emergency Phone Number: (920) 448-3200
Emergency Phone Number: 911
The History of the Green Bay Water Utility
In honor of #InfrastructureWeek2020, here's our official water utility history! The theme this year is "learn from the past, build for tomorrow." Enjoy!
Happy drinking water week to everyone! We're saying 'THANK YOU' to some wonderful gals named Mary and Roxanne who sent us donated masks all the way from Elmwood, Wisconsin! #DrinkingWaterWeek #MaskDonation #ThankYou
We just had a man tell our front office staff how much he appreciates their amazing customer service when he drives through to pay his bill. This small amount of kindness brought a smile to our faces and was a simple reminder that friendliness is free! Happy Drinking Water Week!
Our theme goes hand-in-hand with clean, dependable water being essential to maintaining health and disinfection against COVID-19. Green Bay Water Utility makes sure all of us have access to clean, reliable services! #GreenBayH2o #DrinkingWaterWeek2020 #ThereWhenYouNeedIt
Drinking Water Week recognizes the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and businesses, and the important work of water professionals behind the scenes! #DrinkingWaterWeek2020 #ThereWhenYouNeedIt #GreenBayH2O
Green Bay Water Utility advises closed businesses to flush pipes
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Green Bay Water Utility is warning the public that temporarily closed businesses should flush their water pipes for the sake of water quality. Officials say that water left sitting stagnant in building's pipes changes the water’s quality. The solution is to flush internal p...
Happy Administrative Professionals Day!
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⚠️ ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS!⚠️ Even if you're closed, you need to give your water pipes some action:https://www.gbwater.org/i/f/files/COVID_Building_Water_Quality_Guidance_04_03_2020%20v2.pdf
It's people working to keep your water safe. Our industry needs people in ALL these areas:
💧 Water supply treatment
⬆️ Finding/managing clean water
💧 Distribution Systems
⬆️ Bringing water to homes/businesses
💧 Water Protection Agencies
⬆️Testing and protecting water
Green Bay tap rocks. 👑
PROTECT 👏 THE 👏 SOURCE 👏
Does that say something about the #ValueofWater or what?! 🌎
Do you know what watershed you live in? #WaterWordWednesday #Watershed 🌊
“Everything in your body depends on optimal hydration, from organ function to hormone balance. When you're hydrated, your joints are lubricated, your skin is being nourished, and your hair follicles are able to grow in healthfully.” -Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, Vogue Magazine
Without water, life as we know it would not exist. And life exists wherever there is water. All organisms, like animals and plants, use water: salty or fresh, hot or cold, plenty of water or almost no water at all. #GreenBayH2o
#TheWaterCycle ♻️ #GreenBayH2o
But we usually don't need that much. 😄 #GreenBayH2o
Green Bay Water Utility tests turbidity every day to ensure that our water is the absolute best quality it can be for our customers 🚰 #WaterWordWednesday
631 S Adams St
Green Bay, WI
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