The Cleveland Water Blog

Tags: Water Quality

Cleveland Water Monitors Lake Erie with Two Innovative Buoys

Keeping our water safe is Cleveland Water’s top priority and one way we do this is by staying on top of challenges Lake Erie throws our way. Two of the biggest challenges we face in the summer months are potential Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and their related toxins, and hypoxic water (also known as Dead Zone water).

What Goes Into Your Drinking Water?

Our raw water intakes sit far out into the lake away from pollution sources, but no raw and untreated lake water is safe to drink without some level of treatment – even when that water comes from a great source like Lake Erie.

What Can I Do If I Have a Lead Connection or Plumbing?

Cleveland Water uses orthophosphate in our treatment process, and our test results submitted to the Ohio EPA indicate it is very successful in protecting customers from risks associated with lead found in cityside connections, ownerside connections, and at-home plumbing.

Cleveland Water working to resolve discoloration in water for some eastside suburban communities

Cleveland Water is working to resolve reports of discoloration in the water for some eastside suburban communities. These include Beachwood, Garfield Heights, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, Maple Heights, Mayfield Heights, Moreland Hills, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, South Euclid, Warrensville, and Woodmere.

The water is safe to drink and use as normal. However, customers who experience discoloration should refrain from doing laundry since it may stain clothing. THERE IS NO BOIL ALERT IN EFFECT.

Richmond Heights area repairs may cause temporary discoloration in water, Water is safe to use as normal

As Cleveland Water makes system repairs in the Richmond Heights area, customers may experience some discoloration in their water. The water is safe to drink and use as normal.

We have dispatched crews to flush hydrants in the area to help minimize the impact. We apologize for any inconvenience and will work to complete repairs as soon as possible. 

Just a Reminder…Cleveland Water is Safe from Lead

Recently, risks associated with lead in drinking water have been featured in several local news stories. While some of these reports have responsibly presented the facts, others have taken a more sensational approach, even providing inaccurate and misleading information. As a result, we thought it was a good time to remind all of our customers that the water we deliver to your home is safe, and that it meets and exceeds all Federal and State standards. Specific to lead, we have taken several actions to help protect you from exposure to high lead levels in drinking water.

How It Works - Orthophosphate

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.

 

Lead Connection Lookup tool provides information about lead cityside connections

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.

Cleveland Water Far Below State and Federal Chromium Regulations

By Scott Moegling, Water Quality Manager, Cleveland Water

A report released earlier today raised questions about the levels of Chromium-6 in our drinking water. We want to assure all of our customers that your safety continues to be our top priority. Cleveland Water meets and exceeds all State and Federal drinking water standards as established by the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA), including regulations related to Chromium.

Join us May 7, 2016 for our annual National Drinking Water Week Open House

It’s getting close to that time of the year again- the time when we pay tribute to safe, quality drinking water and give thanks to the source that makes it all possible, our beautiful Lake Erie! National Drinking Water Week is May 1-7, 2016, and this year we’ll also take a minute to sing ourselves a Happy Birthday tune for turning the big 160.

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