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Cleveland Water Main Repair Recap Week 1 of 2018

01/05/2018

Some people may have eased into the first work week of 2018. But it’s been all hands on deck for the staff at Cleveland Water.

The colder-than-average temperatures have caused underground water mains to crack and break due to the increased stress caused by the pressure of frozen ground. Valves, connections, and hydrants are other parts of every water distribution system that are impacted by winter weather and can break or leak.

During this first week of January, Cleveland Water crews dealt with 100 active breaks on the water system. By comparison, the mild winter of 2017 had only 19 breaks in the first five days of the year combined. During the first five days of January 2014 – with extremely low polar vortex temperatures -- we faced 28 work orders on one day and had 155 total water main break work orders.

As leaks are reported, repairs are made. In harsh winters, 24 crews of four workers work rotating shifts with mandatory overtime seven days a week. Cleveland Water staff will be working 24-hours a day through the weekend – as they do every day of the year – to continue repairing breaks. Next week’s forecasted warm-up to average or slightly above-average temperatures should allow us to get back to regular winter operations of fixing 5 to 7 breaks per day.

 

Water Main Break Work Orders

 

2018

2017

January 1

20

2

January 2

24

7

January 3

26

1

January 4

23

8

January 5

7

1

TOTAL

100

19

While we do our best to monitor social media and website inquiries, if you see a water main break or experiencing no or low water pressure, we ask that you call our 24-Hour Emergency Line at (216) 664-3060.

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