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Madison's One and Only Water Wagon!

Our Water Wagon provides clean, cool, refreshing Madison water at community events across the city during the warm weather months. Keep your water bottle handy -- you never know where you'll see us!

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Girl refills her bottle at Water Wagon











Check out the history of Madison's one-of-a kind Water Wagon.

Upcoming Water Wagon Events:

The Water Wagon is ready to hit the road. Here are a few of the places you'll see us this spring:

Earth Day Race Against Extinction 5K

Saturday, April 19

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Vilas Park

Bike to Work Week Kick-off

Friday, May 9

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Isthmus a la Carts

Friday, May 9

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

O'Keefe Middle School Fun Run

Friday, May 16

And don't forget, you can usually catch us at the Wednesday Dane County Farmers' Market in front of Monona Terrace starting in May!


People line up to refill their bottles at the Water Wagon











Photo: Water Wagon draws a big crowd at the Wednesday Farmers' Market

Water Wagon FAQs

How does the Water Wagon work?
The Water Wagon is a fresh water system, not a tank. We hook it up directly to approved hose bibs at parks and other areas throughout Madison. The water is then cooled inside the wagon and comes out of the taps cold, fresh and ready to quench thirsts!

How do I request the Water Wagon at an event I am organizing?
Fill out a Water Wagon Request Form and submit it to us at least two weeks before the event. Event requests are evaluated and approved based on the availability/proximity of a water source, staff availability, and the event's expected attendance, mission, and promotions.

What is the cost to use the Water Wagon?
We're happy to bring the Water Wagon and any accompanying staff free of charge to approved events. We do ask that organizers promote that our Water Wagon will be at the event and encourage attendees to cut down on waste by bringing their own refillable water bottles.

Who is permitted to use the Water Wagon?
The Water Wagon is intended to be used at outdoor events within the Madison Water Utility service area.

What do I need to provide while the Water Wagon is at my event?
Organizations should provide any desired water vessels, such as biodegradable cups, refillable water bottles, etc.

In addition, any organization requesting the Water Wagon must agree to comply with the following:

  • Our staff must have easy/clear access to the site location.
  • The Water Wagon cannot be dropped off the night before or left unattended at any time.
  • In an emergency or inclement weather situation, we have the authority to cancel the Water Wagon's participation at an event.


We are interested in building a Water Wagon. Can we get plans or talk to the staff members who designed and built it?

The Water Wagon is Madison Water Utility's own original design and includes proprietary components and details. Please contact us if you're interested in building your own.