The Village of Brown Deer purchases all of its water from Milwaukee Water Works. The past 20 year trend shows a decline in water usage per year. This can be attributed to a number of factors:
Increased water efficient fixtures installed/used in homes
Proactive water main replacement program to replace leaking water mains
Acoustical leak detection to find and replace existing leaks
General public awareness of water conservation
Water Main Relay Program
The Brown Deer Water Utility began a proactive water main replacement program in 2005. The purpose of this program is to identify and replace the most at risk water main for breaks and leaks. Records of main breaks have been kept since the 1970's, and plotted on a system distribution map. Based on this historical data, a priority list of water mains has been established for replacement. Typically, the Utility conducts 1 to 2 main replacement projects per summer, usually replacing around 2,000 to 3,000 feet per year.
Since 2005, the Utility has replaced 9.0 miles of old, corroded ductile iron main with new PVC main. Additionally, the number of main breaks observed per year has decreased since the inception of the replacement program, meaning less water lost and less money spent on costly repairs.