Straight from the Tap

Archive: January 2018

Keep Fire Hydrants in Mind When Shoveling Snow

Cleveland Water supplies water to nearly 74,000 fire hydrants across the 70 communities we serve. Help us and local firefighters by not piling snow on hydrants when clearing your driveway or sidewalk.

Cleveland Water is Prepared for the Next Round of Winter Weather

Cleveland Water crews continue to work around-the-clock to fix leaks in the distribution system which began with the onset of below-average temperatures earlier this winter. Since January 1st, an average of 20 new main breaks per day have occurred and the emergency call center has received an average of 530 calls per day. During winter months, Cleveland Water averages 6 breaks per day on the 5,300 miles of mains in our 640-square-mile service area. The colder than normal winter is impacting other public water systems across the region in a similar fashion.

Lorain Carnegie Bridge Water Main Break

Cleveland Water crews are currently working to shut off a 12” water main break near the Lorain Carnegie Bridge. At this time, there is no impact to traffic on the bridge.

Water from the break is currently impacting Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority transit lines below the bridge Cleveland Water officials are working with RTA field crews to clear water from the tracks and restore transit services as quickly as possible. RTA is operating buses to replace Blue, Green, and Red line trains between Tower City and E. 55th and Red line trains.

How to Avoid Costly Leaks this Winter

This week is providing a brief respite from single digit temperatures and the perfect opportunity to inspect plumbing for leaks.

Freezing Weather Doesn't Always Mean a Frozen Lake Erie

We constantly monitor the temperature of the 250 million gallons of raw water we draw from Lake Erie into our treatment plants. In fact, Cleveland’s official water temperature, the one meteorologists report on the news, comes from the gauges inside the intake at Cleveland Water’s Garrett A. Morgan Treatment Plant near Whiskey Island.

Steps to Repair a Broken Water Main

From the first notice to street restoration, watch below as our employees describe the steps involved to repair a broken water main.

Cleveland Water Main Repair Recap Week 1 of 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.

Why Do More Water Main Breaks Occur During Winter?

Have you ever tried to dig a hole in the middle of winter only to find that the ground was frozen? When air temperatures drop below 32°F, the water in soil starts to freeze. The depth to which the ground freezes is called the frost line. The colder the winter and the longer the cold, the deeper the frost line will go causing more breaks and leaks on underground water infrastructure. 

Why It's a Bad Idea to Drink Untreated Water

Did you know that Cleveland Water wasn’t the first water delivery system in Cleveland? That distinction belongs to Benhu Johnson, a veteran, who, in 1814, would deliver two gallons of untreated Lake Erie water to your home for one penny. Today, Cleveland Water delivers a reliable supply of safe, treated drinking water for about the same price – two gallons for a penny.

Cleveland Water Crews Discuss Working in Elements

Ever wonder what it's like working with water in below freezing temperatures? We asked one of our pipe repair crews just that.

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