Wastewater Treatment in Milwaukee WI

Purifying industrial wastewater is close to our hearts; we’ve been helping industrial manufacturers and commercial businesses do it for 20 years across the Midwest.

Milwaukee WI – After we purify industrial wastewater into clean, reusable water it enters the sanitary sewer where Milwaukee’s municipal wastewater treatment operation performs the final cleaning process.  Afterwards the clean, reusable water enters into Lake Michigan.

To celebrate the Grand Opening of the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, Veolia Water hosted a tour of its wastewater treatment operations. Bill Christel, Advanced Waste Services VP of EH&S, catches a view of the primary treatment system.

To celebrate the Grand Opening of the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, Veolia Water hosted a tour of its wastewater treatment operations. Photo Above: Bill Christel, Advanced Waste Services VP of EH&S, had a great time networking with fellow water professionals.

When Veolia Water announced a tour of Jones Island (Milwaukee’s municipal wastewater treatment operations) to celebrate Water Week, we quickly signed up.

Wastewater Treatment Tour Primary Treatment 1

Here’s a quick look at how Milwaukee purifies municipal wastewater into clean, reusable water.

Stage 1 of 4 – Wastewater Treatment in Milwaukee WI

The first step in cleaning municipal wastewater is removal of large debris, sand, gravel with grates and screens.

As we made our way to the clarifiers, we learned about the first part of wastewater treatment - the screening process to remove large debris.

Stage 1 – We learned about the first part of wastewater treatment – the screening process to remove large debris.

Stage 2 of 4 – Wastewater Treatment in Milwaukee WI

The second stage utilizes large settling tanks where grease and oil are removed after it floats to the top.  The heavier materials sinks to the bottom and is removed.

Stage 3 of 4 – Wastewater Treatment in Milwaukee WI

The third stage uses microscopic organisms, commonly called “bugs”, to breakdown most of the organic material in the wastewater.  The canals keep the water flowing throughout all 4 seasons.

Microscopic organisms, more commonly called bugs, breakdown the organic material in the wastewater.  The water continuously flows and maintains temperature around 50 F all year long.

Stage 3 uses Microscopic organisms, more commonly called bugs, to breakdown the organic material in the wastewater. The water continuously flows and maintains temperature around 50 F all year long.

Stage 4 of 4 – Wastewater Treatment in Milwaukee WI

The last stage in wastewater treatment is disinfection.  Chemicals are introduced to kill organisms that cause disease. After the chemicals are removed the water is discharged into Lake Michigan.

Stage 4 is disinfection. Chemicals are introduced to kill organisms that cause disease. The chemicals are then removed and the clean, reusable water is discharged into Lake Michigan.

Stage 4 is disinfection. Chemicals are introduced to kill organisms that cause disease. The chemicals are then removed and the clean, reusable water is discharged into Lake Michigan. (Photo Source: Wiki Commons)

We have to thank our tour guides and hosts Veolia Water for opening the doors of Jones Island.  Explore Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District website to learn more about the  municipal wastewater treatment process.

To learn more about industrial wastewater treatment in Milwaukee WI explore Advanced Waste Services website or ask us a question below. 

Advanced Waste Services | 800-842-9792

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