We’re already hearing this year’s winter season is going to be colder and snowier than last year. As we prepare ourselves with warmer layers and put the ice scrapers back in the car, remember, when temperatures drop your water pipes and meter are susceptible to freezing which can cause expensive, frustrating and unnecessary damage. Fortunately, it’s easier than you might think to protect your home and control your utility costs!
Lead was a common material used prior to the 1960s to establish connections between homes and the Cleveland Water System. These connections include a portion on private property for which the property owner is responsible and a portion for which the water system is responsible. In the nearly 70 communities Cleveland Water provides direct service to, the portion maintained by Cleveland Water is referred to as a cityside connection.
Our state-of-the-art water treatment process uses orthophosphate, an anti-corrosive that creates a thin layer of film which acts as a barrier on metal pipes and fixtures to prevent lead from leaching into the water. This protection works not only on Cleveland Water’s cityside connections but also on customer owned plumbing. As a result, Cleveland Water’s lead test results have declined by 88% since we started using it for treatment about 20 years ago.
Cleveland Water has launched a new search tool for customers. The Lead Connection Lookup provides customers with the ability to determine if their cityside connection is likely or unlikely made of lead. This new search tool is part of our ongoing efforts to educate customers about lead and provide them with information to protect their health and the communities we serve.
For the past 30 years, we have invested more than $1.6 billion enhancing our water treatment plants, water tanks and towers, and some water mains. Now, we’re shifting our investment focus to the 5,200 miles of water mains that make up our distribution system in nearly 80 communities. Many of which have served these communities well for more than 60, 70, 80, and in some cases more than 100 years.