Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility

  • 700 E. Jones Street
  • Hours
  • Saturday: 10am - 5:30pm
  • Last admittance to building: 5pm
  • Sunday: NOT OPEN
  • Architect and year: 1926
  • Photography permitted: yes Tripod: no
  • Filming permitted: yes Tripod: no
  • Handicapped accessible: no

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.


Visitors have the option of securing tickets for a 60-minute in depth tour (available at City Hall, see ‘PUBLIC TOURS’), joining a 30-minute “pick-up” tour that starts in the building lobby, or simply visiting and viewing exhibits. Learn about the history of Jones Island, MMSD’s program as one of the pre-eminent sewage districts in the country, and the role that Veolia Water plays in operating and maintaining Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility. And don’t miss viewing the “workhorses of wastewater” under the high power microscope!

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