Wausau in Marathon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Wausau Water Works
Serving Wausau since 1885
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.
[logos of] River Edge Parkway • Welcome Home Wausau
Erected by River Edge Parkway, Welcome Home Wausau.
Location. 44° 57.503′ N, 89° 37.957′ W. Marker is in Wausau, Wisconsin, in Marathon County. Marker can be reached from Click for map. Marker is near the east channel of the Wisconsin River in White Water Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 River Drive, Wausau WI 54403, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Federal Building (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Business Boomed at Big Bull Falls (approx. 0.2 miles away); Why is it called Big Bull Falls? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Big Bull Falls • Birthplace of Wausau (approx. 0.2 miles away); Big Bull Falls (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pioneer Rehabilitation Center (approx. 0.3 miles away); Third Marathon County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); World War I Guardian Angel Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wausau.
More about this marker. [photo captions, clockwise]
• Wausau Water Works plant, 1902 Courtesy of Marathon County Historical Society, Wausau, Wisconsin.
• $2.75 water bill for Nov.-May, 1898. Courtesy of Marathon County Historical Society, Wausau, Wisconsin.
• Wausau Water Works was built primarily to fight fires such as this at the Alexander Stewart Mill, May 26, 1886. Courtesy of Marathon County Historical Society,
Also see . . .
1. Wausau Water Works. (Submitted on October 9, 2011.)
2. Wausau White Water. (Submitted on October 9, 2011.)
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