Milwaukee water plant to temporarily suspend ozone


October 28, 2014

MILWAUKEE Officials say the Milwaukee Water Works will turn off ozone treatments at one of its plants for up to 12 weeks starting Wednesday.

Ozone is the primary water disinfectant at the Linnwood plant on the Lake Michigan waterfront. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( reports all other treatments will remain in use at the plant while a contractor installs pipes and valves as part of a $1.8 million improvement.

Officials say water from the plant will be safe to drink and use in the meantime.

Ozone replaced chlorine as the primary disinfectant at both the Linnwood and Howard Avenue water treatment plants in 1998. It was added in the wake of the 1993 cryptosporidiosis epidemic in Milwaukee, which caused the deaths of at least 69 people in the Milwaukee area.


Associated Press