Straight from the Tap

Fall 2019 Suburban Water Main Project Awards Announced


Cleveland Water has awarded almost $7 million for water main replacement projects to ten suburban service communities. These awards are part of its $26 million annual capital investment in buried infrastructure.

Twice annually, Cleveland Water awards funding for water main projects in direct service suburban cities through the Suburban Water Main Renewal Program (SWMRP). The SWMRP provides these suburbs with a mechanism to have their water mains replaced at no direct cost to them.

Since the program’s inception, Cleveland Water has facilitated substantial improvements to the water infrastructure throughout the 37 participating communities. To date, over $150 million has been invested in water main renewal and replacement.

In 2007, Cleveland Water partnered with the Suburban Water Council of Governments to launch the SWMRP to renew local water mains in direct service suburbs.

Before Cleveland Water instituted this program, suburban governments owned water mains smaller than 20 inches in their respective communities. While Cleveland Water was responsible for maintenance and repair of broken mains, suburban communities were financially responsible for replacing or rehabilitating the infrastructure.

To join the program, suburbs must enter into a restated Water Service Agreement (WSA) that transfers ownership of their distribution system to Cleveland Water. Cleveland Water then takes over the responsibility of making capital improvements to the water distribution system in those suburbs. Accordingly, we have committed capital funds to finance water main projects under the program.

Twice each year, eligible suburbs can submit applications for proposed projects in their community. Projects are chosen based on an objective scoring model.

While Cleveland Water provides project funding and oversight, each local suburb usually manages the design and construction process. SWMRP funds are often used to leverage additional Ohio Public Works Commission funding for sewer or roadway projects that are done simultaneously with the water main work.

Community Street Boundaries CWD Funding
Bedford Heights Harrow Court Eldridge Blvd. to dead end $213,460
Cleveland Heights Shannon Rd. S. Taylor Rd. to Andrew Rd. $1,260,550
Fairview Park W. 213th St. Fairview Pkwy. to Hillsdale Ave. $403,650
Garfield Heights Russell Ave. Turney Rd. to Edgepark Dr. $279,110
Highland Heights Strumbly Dr. Highland Rd. to Radford Dr. $575,618
Lyndhurst Dogwood Trail Meadow Wood Blvd. to Overbrook Rd. $926,103
Parma Russell Ave. State Rd. to W. 51st St. $807,950
Parma Torrington Ave. State Rd. to W. 24th St. $927,950
Parma Tuxedo Ave. State Rd. to W. 24th St. $924,340
South Euclid Angela Dr. Montagano Blvd. to Montagano Rd. $151,630
University Heights Laurelhurst Dr. E. Carroll Blvd. to University Park $254,935
Walton Hills Tulip Lane Entire length $147,000