Water Utility Board

Water Utility Board Meetings

December 17, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
Presentation to the board by Clean Wisconsin 

December 23, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
119 East Olin Ave.
Conference Room A/B

The Water Utility Board will hold a special public meeting to discuss Madison Water Utility's 2015 rate case. Discussion will likely focus on a planned conservation rate for residential customers. The Board heard a presentation on a new possible rate structure at its November meeting but requested more information before voting on the plan. Information to be presented at the December 23rd meeting includes alternative rate proposals with incremental blocks, lower tiers, and a demographic analysis.

November meeting minutes
Madison Water Memo on Proposed Cost of Service Rates presented at November meeting

The Board will also consider design options for Madison's new Well 31 facility.

An agenda for the December 23rd meeting has yet to be published.


The purpose of the board, on behalf of the residents of Madison, is to ensure that the Madison Water Utility:

  • provides consumers with an adequate quantity of high quality water for consumption and fire protection at a reasonable financial and environmental cost; and
  • manages groundwater resources and the water delivery system so future generations of city residents continue to have an excellent water supply.

Agendas & Minutes

Visit the Legislative Center Calendar and choose Water Utility Board from the meeting body list to view archived agendas, minutes, and future meeting dates. The calendar also provides links to archived audio recordings of meetings when they are available.


The Water Utility Board is described by State statute and City ordinance. It is made up of seven voting members and the Director of Public Health (or his/her designee) as an ex-officio member. The board is charged with authority for managing and operating the Madison Water Utility, under the general direction of the City of Madison Common Council. The Mayor appoints and the Common Council confirms board members for terms of five years for citizen members (with staggered appointment dates) and two years for the alder members; the Director of Public Health's appointment is ongoing. A quorum of the Board consists of four members.

Contact the Water Utility Board

Annual Report

The board issues an annual report to the Common Council and general public: 2012-2013 Madison Water Utility Annual Report.

Annual Report

Water Utility Board Policy Book

The board has developed and adopted a series of broad written policies. The Water Utility Board Policy Book includes four major policy categories:

  • Outcomes
    Policies define the direction and expected results of the utility.
  • Executive Limitations
    Policies establish financial and ethical boundaries for the utility's activities and decisions.
  • Board–Executive Delegation
    Policies define the relationships and boundaries between the board, the General Manager, and utility staff.
  • Board Process
    Policies define the roles and responsibilities of board members.