Water, Sewer and Stormwater Utilities

Water, Sewer and Stormwater Utilities

The Village is responsible for the maintenance of the water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure throughout the Village.

Water Utility

The Butler Water Utility is a self-financing enterprise owned by the Village of Butler and regulated by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC). The Village of Butler owns and maintains the water distribution system within its municipal boundaries. Butler purchases water from the City of Milwaukee. Revenue is generated through fees based on consumption and meter connection to the system.


  • The Water Utility provides water service to approximately 800 residential and commercial customers within the Village;
  • Maintenance of approximately 13 miles of water main ranging in size from 6-12” in diameter;
  • Meter reading and meter maintenance/upgrades;
  • Testing and operating of hydrants and valves meeting regulatory standards;
  • Billing of customers on a quarterly basis;
  • Routine drinking water sampling performed by Public Works staff.

2019 Water Utility Rate Increase

In July of 2018, the Village applied to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) to increase water rates for all users in the Village of Butler.   The Village’s last water rate increase was in 2009.

Over the last year, the Village has worked with the PSC to determine the precise increase needed to fund the Water Utility’s operational and capital expenditures.  A public hearing on the rate increase was held on June 4, 2019 and on June 19, 2019, the Village received notification from the PSC that the Village’s rate increase application was approved.  The new rates will take effect on July 1, 2019.  All water consumed after July 1, 2019 will be charged at the new rates and will be reflected on the bill you receive in September 2019.

The increased rates are needed to sustain the utilities increased operational and maintenance costs and capital investments, as well as to keep with regular rate increases from Milwaukee Water Works, from whom the Village purchases water.

The total increase in water revenues is $60,560 which will result in an estimated overall rate increase of 13.67%. The water bill for an average residential customer with a ⅝-inch or ¾-inch meter who uses 11,000 gallons of water per quarter will increase from $61.36 to $71.97, or 17% (including the public fire protection charge).

Public Hearing Notice
PSC Water Rate Determination
Water Rate Increase Letter to Customers
Water Rate Increase FAQ

Sewer Utility

The Sewer Utility accounts for the costs associated with the Village’s collection and conveyance of wastewater from utility users. Wastewater is conveyed via underground laterals and mains downstream to the municipal interceptor sewer system operated and owned by Butler, and flows into systems operated by Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD). The Sewer Utility is used to maintain the Village’s sewer infrastructure system as well as the treatment costs paid to MMSD.   Revenue is generated through user fees based on water consumption and connection to the sanitary sewer system.


  • Maintain approximately 13 miles of sanitary sewer pipe;
  • Perform spot repairs, manhole repairs and chimney replacement;
  • Cleaning of sanitary sewer mains.

Stormwater Utility

Effective January 1, 2020, the Equivalent Runoff Unit charge for the Stormwater Utility will increase from $21.53 per ERU per quarter to $23.59 per ERU per quarter.  Most residential properties are one ERU.

The Stormwater utility pays for the cost of owning, maintaining, and constructing the Village’s stormwater management system. Stormwater is considered runoff from impervious surfaces during weather related events.


  • Maintain approximately 13 miles of stormwater utility pipe;
  • Perform spot repairs, manhole repairs and chimney replacement;
  • Inlet and catch basin replacement.