About the Project

Water Conservation House site and logo

Madison Water Utility is embarking on a unique educational campaign aimed at showcasing the latest in home water efficiency and innovation. The Water Conservation House will be a demonstration home that features water and energy efficient building systems on display to the public.The utility hopes to begin construction in the spring or summer of 2018.

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Madison Water Utility currently owns a large lot at 4724 Spaanem Ave., which is the location of a municipal well and stand-pipe reservoir. The utility plans to divide the property into four lots, three of which would be residential and sized according to area zoning requirements. The fourth lot will continue to be home to all of the MWU facilities at that location, as well as private utilities (mainly cell phone service providers) that currently use the site.


Madison Water Utility would be responsible for all improvements necessary for the development of the three residential lots. The demonstration home and remaining residential lots would ultimately be sold to recover costs after a period of public education.

Community Input

The Water House will be designed and built with neighbors, students, educators and the Madison community in mind, so public input is critical.

As the project progresses, Madison Water Utility will use the project email list to share updated information, hold community meetings, and distribute surveys to gather community input.

Past Meetings/Additional Information

August 31, 2017 - A request for proposals (RFP) was submitted to solicit bids for Architect for Water Conservation House Design.

Jan 5, 2017 - Initial Community Meeting, Pinney Library