Why do we need municipal water, our well is fine?
A municipal water source is advantageous to the community for numerous reasons:
• Municipal water is safer than private sources. It is tested and treated by trained professionals multiple times each week, and tested again monthly and quarterly for dozens of contaminants to ensure the safety and quality of the water. Private wells are infrequently if ever tested by property owners.
• Municipal water is more reliable than private sources. The Utility operates wells and pump stations with backup power supplies in times of power failure. Private systems generally can not provide water during power outages.
• A municipal water system provides a plentiful supply of water for fire protection. This can affect insurance ratings and premiums. Private systems rely on Fire Trucks with tanks that need to fill up elsewhere.
• Municipal water increases the value of properties. Real estate agents indicate that properties with municipal water are more valuable and easier to sell than properties with private wells.
• Municipal water service provides for essentially worry free service since Water Utility employees operate and maintain the water system. Private water service requires property owners to test their wells and maintain pumps, pipes and well.
• Municipal water service protects the precious water source better than private wells. The City maintains ordinances protecting the areas surrounding the City’s 22 municipal wells from certain land uses that might contaminate the wells. Private wells do not enjoy these protections and are so numerous (in the thousands) that it drastically increases the potential for contamination of the groundwater system.

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1. How do I determine if I have a lead service line?
2. Can I still use my private well for outside watering once I connect to City Water?
3. Where can I get my private well tested?
4. Does my city water come from Milwaukee?
5. How does the City decide where to put new water main and when?
6. How do I know when water is planned to be installed in my area?
7. Why does my sump pump run more often than usual?
8. What is the water pressure in my area?
9. What is a water emergency?
10. Is it true that all properties in Brookfield will receive municipal water?
11. Why do we need municipal water, our well is fine?
12. What does it cost to get water service?
13. Do we need to pay all of the assessment at once?
14. Once water is installed in the street, when do we need to connect?
15. When will we get city water?
16. Are there any restrictions on lawn or garden watering?