Milwaukee has long been synonymous with water technology. Native Americans established Millioke or “gathering place by the water,” as it provided them with the opportunity to fish, farm, hunt and raise their families. Situated on the shore of Lake Michigan and at the confluence of three rivers, the Milwaukee region has attracted water-intensive industries like brewing, meatpacking, tanning and transportation for more than 100 years. Over time, the city and state have developed world-class expertise in moving, metering, measuring, managing and monitoring water and is now home to more than 200 water technology companies including industry leaders like A.O. Smith Corporation, Kohler, Badger Meter, Pentair, Zurn and Rexnord.
The Water Council’s bold leadership, passion and commitment to the vision has kept the organization growing and building momentum. Learn more about the rapid evolution and achievements of The Water Council by viewing our timeline below.