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Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility FAMILY PASSPORT SITE

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  • 700 E. Jones Street
  • http://www.mmsd.com
  • Hours
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Last admittance to building: 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: NOT OPEN
  • Architect and year: 1926
  • Photography permitted: Yes Tripod: No
  • Filming permitted: Yes Tripod: No
  • Handicapped accessible: Not handicapped accessible

Opened in 1926, this facility was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1974. World-renowned for pioneering the way in modern wastewater treatment technology, Jones Island was also one of the first facilities in the world to produce a fertilizer as the by-product of the water reclamation process: Milorganite. Capable of treating more than 300 million gallons a day, the facility is owned and governed by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and operated and maintained by Veolia Water North America. All site visitors will receive a free 5# bag of Milorganite.

Through exhibits and the tour learn about: the history of Jones Island, MMSD as one of the pre-eminent sewage districts in the country, and Veolia Water, the company that operates and maintains Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility. And don’t miss viewing the “workhorses of wastewater” under the high power microscope!

Visitors have the option of going on a 60-minute in depth tour that includes the Milorganite building, or joining a shorter 30-minute load-and-go tour – both of which will travel via motorcoach around the entire Jones Island facility. 

Tickets: NOT Required. Times: Sat.10am-4:30 pm, first come first serve. Duration: 1 hour for in-depth tour that includes Milorganite building; 30 minutes for load-and-go bus tour only. Capacity each tour: 40+. Meet: Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility, corner of East Jones Street & Harbor Drive. Those wishing to join the 60-minute in-depth tour must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for safety.