Straight from the Tap

Cleveland Water is Safe Despite Migration of Dredged Materials

05/02/2016

We want to take this opportunity to reassure you that your Cleveland Water is safe to drink, as always, straight from the tap.

Recent news has brought to light that sediment years-ago dredged from the Cuyahoga River, and disposed of in an area of Lake Erie referred to as CLA-1, has migrated from its original location. The sediment contains harmful pollutants and has moved within five miles of the shoreline closer to our Nottingham Water Treatment Plant intake but there’s no need for Cleveland Water customers to worry about the quality of their drinking water.

Cleveland Water is aware, monitoring and continuously testing our raw water (the water coming in from the Lake) and our finished water (the treated water leaving our plants) to ensure that what we deliver to you is safe, quality water that meets and exceeds State and Federal drinking water standards. We are working closely with the Ohio EPA on this issue, and have already planned to implement enhanced monitoring in this area. To date, our sampling has indicated no cause for concern. Your water is safe to drink and use as normal.

Over the past 15 years, we have invested more than $650 million modernizing our water treatment plants, and years ago moved our intakes further out into the lake away from shoreline contaminants. Because of these significant investments, if elevated levels of contaminants are detected in the raw water, our conventional treatment process is designed to reduce any potential risk to our customers.

We take our responsibility to deliver a reliable supply of safe drinking water seriously, and this is why we have consistently opposed open lake disposal. The migration of Cuyahoga River dredged materials from the historical CLA-1 disposal site is further evidence of why the United States Army Corps of Engineers' proposal to dispose of dredged materials in the open lake is not in the best interest of the citizens of Cleveland and surrounding communities who rely on our safe and reliable drinking water.

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