Wausau Water Works

Wausau Water Works (HMWDQ)

Location: Wausau, WI 54403 Marathon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 57.503', W 89° 37.957'

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Serving Wausau since 1885

Clean drinking water has always been important, but in 1885, Wausau Water Works was built for a different reason — to supply water for fighting fires. 1885 was an especially bad fire year in Wausau. There were 23 alarm fires, including a lumberyard fire. When fires blazed, Wausau Water Works pumped from the Wisconsin River rather than a well.

In cases of large fires, the fire department would ask the waterworks operator to sound a city-wide steam whistle. This meant that Wausau residents should stop using water so that it could be used to fight the fire.

How much water do you use in a day?
Believe it or not, the average person today uses more than 60 gallons of water daily. Before 1885, Wausau residents drew water from a well or from the river and carried it in buckets.

Today, the plant treats and supplies more than 5 million gallons of clean water daily through a network of nearly 200 miles of water mains.

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Placed ByRiver Edge Parkway, Welcome Home Wausau
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Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 4:31pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 292359 N 4981699
Decimal Degrees44.95838333, -89.63261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 57.503', W 89° 37.957'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 57' 30.18" N, 89° 37' 57.42" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 210 River Dr, Wausau WI 54403, US
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