At Veolia Water Milwaukee, our business is all about sustainability. The water reclamation services we perform on behalf of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) help complete — and sustain — the local water cycle: From Lake Michigan, to your home, through the water reclamation facility and back into Lake Michigan.


On an average day we treat upwards of 150 million gallons of wastewater, loaded with everything that water carries away from your home, such as pieces of scrambled egg, dirt, make-up and shampoo. These suspended solids, bacteria and other nutrients are all removed through the wastewater treatment process to meet strict environmental standards. Since 2008 when MMSD contracted with Veolia Water Milwaukee, we have been working together to protect Lake Michigan.

Protecting Biodiversity 

Learn about our peregrine falcon nesting project at the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility.

Recycling Landfill Gas to Power Jones Island 

Landfill gas is being recycled into power and heat at the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility. Using landfill gas instead of natural gas reduces our carbon footprint and helps customers save millions of dollars. By converting landfill gas into electricity, the plant produces most of the electrical power needed at Jones Island during dry weather. Heavier demand during wet weather still requires supplementing that electrical power production with purchased electricity. A 19-mile-long pipeline transports landfill gas from the Emerald Park Landfill in Muskego, Wisconsin, to the Jones Island Facility in Milwaukee. The mostly underground pipeline is 13.7 miles and connects to an existing 5.3-mile-long pipeline previously used for conveying petroleum products. Three turbines at Jones Island transform the landfill gas into electricity. They replaced a natural gas-burning turbine that was more than 40 years old. Large rotary kiln dryers at Jones Island can also combust landfill gas to produce heat and manufacture Milorganite® fertilizer.

Aerial view of Jones Island

Turning Digester Gas into Electricity 

At the South Shore Water Reclamation Facility, large tanks digest the biosolids generated by the wastewater treatment process. Inside these digester tanks are mixing units that move the biosolids around to ensure good mixing and better energy production. During this process the volume of the biosolids are reduced and methane gas is produced. This gas is collected, cleaned and then burned in generators to create electricity. This process saves energy as otherwise the gas would need to be flared off, which requires using more energy than using it to generate electricity. 



Lynyrd Skymmr River Clean Up 

The Lynyrd Skymmr is a 50-foot-long river skimmer that cruises Milwaukee‘s waterways several times a week to collect floating debris—dead fish, plastic bottles, branches and other refuse. The vessel picks up everything from plastic bottles to tree branches cleaning the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers, and the inner harbor, where the three rivers converge before heading out into Lake Michigan. Trash and debris wash off the land and into the riverways during rainstorms, eventually floating as unsightly “rafts” on the surface of the rivers. It’s a partnership between the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), Veolia Water Milwaukee who operates the skimmer, Port of Milwaukee and the City.

The Lynyrd Skymmr collects floating debris.

Eco-Driving Training for Veolia Drivers 

As part of our commitment to sustainability through improved fuel efficiency, Veolia Water Milwaukee and Wisconsin Clean Cities conducted an Eco-Driving training course for our fleet drivers. Combining classroom and behind-the-wheel training, it provided Veolia Water fleet drivers with the opportunity to learn new sustainable driving behaviors. This training helps increase miles per gallon of gas used, save on fuel, and decrease emissions for cleaner air. 

Our fleet vehicles have been outfitted with a computerized fueling system that tracks vehicle miles, fuel consumption and vehicle hours. The data from the system will be analyzed on an ongoing basis for fuel consumption rates as an indicator of vehicle operations (driving behaviors) and engine condition.