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Aging Infrastructure Results in Water Main Breaks Affecting West Side Cleveland Customers

08/10/2016

UPDATE AS OF 7PM ON 8/10/16: Repairs to the water main on West 110th Street are complete and the main is back in service. Should customers experience any issues, we ask that they contact our 24-hour water emergency line at 216-664-3060. West 110th Street will remain closed until repairs to the road can be completed. 

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West 110th Street between Baltic Road and Clifton Boulevard is closed and several Cleveland Water customers are experiencing intermittent service interruptions as crews work to make repairs on an eight inch water main that is more than 116 years old.

Repairs were made to two breaks on the same main on Tuesday. As crews worked throughout the night to resume water service to customers in the area, two more breaks occurred and one of the previous breaks reopened.

Cleveland Water has begun repairs on the additional breaks and hopes to restore water service to all customers by late Wednesday evening. Additional time will be needed to fill and pave the roadway once all repairs to the main are complete. 

As a result, West 110th will remain closed for several days. In order to minimize further impact to customers and motorists, Cleveland Water will stagger repairs needed on West 110th Street and repairs needed in the intersection of West 110th Street and Baltic Road. For now, this area is plated to maintain traffic patterns for motorists.

Aging infrastructure continues to be a concern for Cleveland Water and utilities across the United States. Cleveland Water continues to reinvest in its buried infrastructure as a proactive measure against the increased main breaks and deterioration that can interrupt water service and inconvenience customers and businesses.

Currently, nearly $20 million per year is spent replacing water mains, and over the next nine years, approximately 50% of Cleveland Water’s capital spending will be dedicated to replacing aging infrastructure buried underground. That means, between 2015 and 2023, nearly $237 million will be spent upgrading water mains that are often out of sight and out of mind.

As a result of these breaks, Cleveland Water will evaluate the status of the main on West 110th Street following repairs and determine if replacement is necessary.

Additional updates will be posted as available at www.clevelandwater.com/news.

 

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