Water Distribution System

  • Hydrant flushing - flushing is performed annually in an effort to clear the mains of water that may be discolored or have sat in hydrant laterals for extended periods of time. Generally flushing disturbs the water in the mains and causes mall particles of rust or calcium buildup to dislodge and suspend in the water. This water may appear in your home as discolored and may have a yellow to orange to red color. This water, while unappetizing, poses not health threats but may stain clothing. Please refrain from washing clothing between the hours of  7 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. during the week hydrants in your area are schedule for flushing. (Schedule and map)
  • Safe Drinking Water Report (PDF) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires drinking water utilities to provide an annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) to help consumers understand the source of their drinking water.  The most recent report (2018) can be viewed through the link above. Detailed water quality information is also available at the Milwaukee Water Works website.
  • The Shorewood Water Works is the 2018 recipient of the American Water Works Wisconsin Section Utility Excellence Award. Please read more about our achievement!

photo credit Michael McLoone

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Important Information about Lead and Drinking Water

Lead is NOT found in our source water, Lake Michigan, and it is NOT found in our treated drinking water.

Shorewood's water is supplied by Milwaukee Water Works which treats the water with a compound that forms a protective coating inside pipes to control lead dissolving into the water.

Structures built prior to 1951, including most of Shorewood's homes, likely have lead water services lines. For additional information on this topic, please see our Lead Service Replacement program page.

Please see our Lead Service Replacement page.

The Shorewood Water Works is a self-financing enterprise owned by the Village of Shorewood and regulated by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, the EPA, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Shorewood purchases the water from the City of Milwaukee Water Works. Shorewood owns and maintains the water distribution system within its municipal boundaries.

Click below for more information on Shorewood's meter replacement program

DPW Shorewood Water Meter