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 North America.
Through exhibits and the tour, learn about: The history of Jones Island, how Milorganite is made, and Veolia North America, a global environmental services company. Don’t miss viewing the microorgansims, the “workhorses of wastewater”, under the high power microscope! Facility tours help meet requirements for a variety of Boy and Girl Scout badges and awards. While supplies last, get a free 5# bag of Milorganite.
Visitors will travel via motorcoach around the entire Jones Island facility.
Tickets: NOT Required. Times: Sat.10am-4:30 pm, first come first serve for tours. Duration: Plan an hour or more to fully take advantage of tours, exhibits, video theatre and children’s activities. Capacity each tour: 40+. Meet: Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility, corner of East Jones Street & Harbor Drive. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for safety.