Green Bay Water Utility

Green Bay Water Utility 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.

Operating as usual

It's #WaterWordWednesday! Did you know? The water vapor attaches to small bits of dust in the air. It forms raindrops in...
10/28/2020

It's #WaterWordWednesday! Did you know? The water vapor attaches to small bits of dust in the air. It forms raindrops in warm temperatures. In cold temperatures, it freezes and forms snow or hail. We're pretty familiar with that here in Green Bay!

10/21/2020
Imagine a Day Without Water

Imagine a Day Without Water

In support of the Value of Water Campaign’s “Imagine a Day Without Water” on October 21, 2020, Garney has produced this video as a reminder that water is ess...

10/20/2020

Tomorrow, we imagine a day without water! Did you vote yet? #ValueWater #ImagineaDayWithoutWater

It's #WaterWordWednesday! Did you know? This is why water is sometimes referred to as H2O. A single drop of water contai...
10/14/2020

It's #WaterWordWednesday! Did you know? This is why water is sometimes referred to as H2O. A single drop of water contains billions of water molecules!

We gotta give credit where it's due. We wouldn't have award-winning drinking water without our source: Lake Michigan. 🏆 ...
10/12/2020

We gotta give credit where it's due. We wouldn't have award-winning drinking water without our source: Lake Michigan. 🏆 Did you know? There are a lot of connections between Wisconsin's natural resources and its environment that helped shape our state! #LakeMI

10/09/2020
General Manager Nancy Quirk, P.E. Testimony

In case you missed it: fluoride testimony last night went on for many hours, once again, our elected city leaders told us that they were not able to come to a decision and have delayed taking a vote until they have more time. You can watch Nancy’s testimony here:

We are so fortunate. Let us learn to not take these things for granted. #GreenBayH2o
10/09/2020

We are so fortunate. Let us learn to not take these things for granted. #GreenBayH2o

Fighting fires requires an intense use of water for a short time, so the actual sizing of our water pipes is partially d...
10/08/2020

Fighting fires requires an intense use of water for a short time, so the actual sizing of our water pipes is partially determined by fire flow requirements. Did you know home and business owners in Green Bay get the best insurance rating (ONE) because of this, saving you MONEY!

Wisconsin Public Radio
10/07/2020
Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Public Radio

Green Bay Water Utility replaced 1,781 utility-owned and 247 privately-owned lead service lines. There are no known lead pipes left in Green Bay.

Green Bay Press-Gazette
10/07/2020
Green Bay Press-Gazette

Green Bay Press-Gazette

The utility spent over $6 million to replace the city's remaining lead service lines.

WFRV Local 5
10/07/2020
WFRV Local 5

WFRV Local 5

Green Bay Water Utility removes last lead service line in water system Green Bay Water Utility City of Green Bay Government

WLUK-TV FOX 11
10/07/2020
WLUK-TV FOX 11

WLUK-TV FOX 11

"I am so happy and proud today of what this utility has accomplished. This is a day of celebration of a job we set out to complete nearly five years ago."

Crews replaced the very last utility-owned lead pipes on Tuesday.

WBAY TV-2
10/07/2020
WBAY TV-2

WBAY TV-2

About $6 million and 5 years after the project started, the City of Green Bay's water system is now officially free of lead pipes.

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our big accomplishment yesterday. #LeadFreeGreenBayWater #GreenBayH2o
10/07/2020

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our big accomplishment yesterday. #LeadFreeGreenBayWater #GreenBayH2o

It's #WaterWordWednesday! Did you know? Green Bay Water Utility uses the fresh water of Lake Michigan to supply to our c...
10/07/2020

It's #WaterWordWednesday! Did you know? Green Bay Water Utility uses the fresh water of Lake Michigan to supply to our customers!!

10/06/2020

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Green Bay Water Utility does NOT get any tax dollars! We use water rates determined by the Public Service Commission, an...
10/06/2020

Green Bay Water Utility does NOT get any tax dollars! We use water rates determined by the Public Service Commission, and in turn are responsible for:
✅Owning
✅Operating
✅Maintaining
✅Managing
✅Financing
...our own system.
#WaterQualityMonth #GreenBay2o #WaterRates

Now that's a lot of water! Did you know? Lake Michigan water undergoes a six-step process at our filter plant before it ...
10/05/2020

Now that's a lot of water! Did you know? Lake Michigan water undergoes a six-step process at our filter plant before it travels into the city 🌇 #WaterQualityMonth #GreenBayH2o #DrinkTap

10/02/2020
Green Bay Water Utility's Official Stance on Community Water Fluoridation

By next week this time, members of the Green Bay City Council's Protection and Policy Committee will have voted whether to keep fluoride in our water. We want to make our stance clear to our community members. Please watch this three minute video.

The intention of this informational video is to explain why Green Bay Water Utility supports the continuation of fluoridation in its water treatment process,...

#FridayFunFacts
10/02/2020

#FridayFunFacts

"Nancy Quirk, general manager of the Green Bay Water Utility, said they had to work harder with some property owners to ...
10/01/2020
Trump's EPA Touts Revisions To Lead Regulations, With Final Rule Just Weeks Away

"Nancy Quirk, general manager of the Green Bay Water Utility, said they had to work harder with some property owners to get their lead service lines replaced. But, she said they've replaced all but one of the 1,780 lead lines owned by the utility and 247 lead lines owned by customers. The utility spent about $6 million and accessed around $1 million from the state's Safe Drinking Water Loan Program to pay for the replacements.

Quirk thinks rule revisions requiring mapping of lead lines is important for utilities to understand what they're facing.

"I think, in bigger utilities, you just got to start. It's going to take a while to find all the information," said Quirk."

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler touted the Trump administration's record on the environment that includes a proposed overhaul of the agency's lead and copper rule. A final rule could be released within weeks but critics say it doesn't go far enough to keep lead out....

We'd like to thank our staff members who give countless presentations and make time for classroom visits. We need to spr...
10/01/2020

We'd like to thank our staff members who give countless presentations and make time for classroom visits. We need to spread our message of clean and safe drinking water!

We're testing water, we're fixing pipes and we're making sure Green Bay has safe and clean drinking water that we can be...
09/30/2020

We're testing water, we're fixing pipes and we're making sure Green Bay has safe and clean drinking water that we can be proud of.

#NationalCoffeeDay #GreenBayH2o
09/29/2020

#NationalCoffeeDay #GreenBayH2o

If you know, you know #GreenBayH2o
09/29/2020

If you know, you know #GreenBayH2o

Please.
09/28/2020

Please.

It has to travel pretty far. #GreenBayH2o
09/25/2020

It has to travel pretty far. #GreenBayH2o

Ask your realtor or an inspector what you're getting!❓ Do the home's pipes tend to freeze in the winter?❓Have there been...
09/24/2020

Ask your realtor or an inspector what you're getting!
❓ Do the home's pipes tend to freeze in the winter?
❓Have there been any breaks?
‼️ According to the Insurance Information Institute, broken pipes account for an estimated 22% of all home insurance losses‼️

Our drinking water comes to us from Lake Michigan, more than a mile from the shore, and 60 feet deep in the lake. #Fresh...
09/23/2020

Our drinking water comes to us from Lake Michigan, more than a mile from the shore, and 60 feet deep in the lake. #Freshwater #LakeMichigan #GreenBayH2o

Have you ever considered a career in water? Reasons you SHOULD! 👍 IT'S IN-DEMAND INDUSTRYEveryone needs water = good job...
09/22/2020

Have you ever considered a career in water? Reasons you SHOULD!
👍 IT'S IN-DEMAND INDUSTRY
Everyone needs water = good jobs forever
👍 IT'S GLOBAL
Clean drinking water is needed everywhere
👍 IT'S OUR MOST VALUABLE RESOURCE
Improve quality of life by helping supply water

PROTECT 👏 THE 👏 SOURCE 👏
09/21/2020

PROTECT 👏 THE 👏 SOURCE 👏

#FridayFunFact #Cucumber #GreenBayH2o 🥒
09/18/2020

#FridayFunFact #Cucumber #GreenBayH2o 🥒

Without water, life as we know it would not exist. And life exists wherever there is water. All organisms, like animals ...
09/17/2020

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

To see if the flapper is leaking, here is a simple test:➡️Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank.➡️Let it sit for ...
09/16/2020

To see if the flapper is leaking, here is a simple test:
➡️Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank.
➡️Let it sit for 25 minutes.
If the color leaks into the toilet bowl, then there's a leak👎

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631 S Adams St
Green Bay, WI
54301

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(920) 448-3480

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