Drinking Water Utilities
The PSC oversees more than 580 drinking water utilities operating in Wisconsin, including municipal and investor-owned utilities. The PSC’s authority extends to any water system that provides water to the public for domestic, commercial, or industrial purposes. However, regional water authorities, cooperatives, water trusts, and private wells are generally not subject to PSC regulation.
The PSC regulates five of the more than 600 wastewater (sanitary sewer) utilities operating in Wisconsin. Local governing bodies are responsible for the operations and rates for unregulated sewer systems; however, the PSC may get involved in customer complaints or disputes about rates and practices for any wastewater utility in the state.