Straight from the Tap

Getting to Know the Nottingham Water Treatment Plant


The Nottingham Water Treatment Plant is one of Cleveland Water’s four interconnected water treatment plants, built on seventy-seven acres of City owned property bounded by St. Clair Avenue, Chardon Road, the Nickel Plate Railroad and Euclid Creek. Nottingham was built to help meet increased demand spurred by a sudden growth in suburban residents on the east side in the 1940s.  Nottingham was placed into service in September 1951. The cost of building the plant, including the Intake extending several miles out into Lake Erie, was approximately $21 million.

Nottingham Water Treatment Plant pumps water to the eastern part of Cleveland and southeastern suburbs. It is the only plant in our system that pumps water directly into three service districts – Low Service, which is the low-lying area closest to Lake Erie, the First High Service, which is a narrow area of a little higher elevation, and the Second High Service district, which is the highest elevation that Nottingham pumps to and furthest from the pump station. On average, the amount of water processed each day at the plant is 65 million gallons (MG) and the yearly average of water processed from the plant is over 25 billion gallons.

Over the years, we have invested roughly $125 million in plant enhancements and upgrades to Nottingham. Some of the major upgrades include the rehabilitation of 18 filters; new filter controls; new chemical feed systems; and new sedimentation basin residuals collectors. One of the most significant additions to the plants was the installation and integration of control systems and monitoring software.  This level of modernization of water treatment in the City of Cleveland raised not only operating standards but also the depth to which we are now able to better monitor the quality of the incoming Lake Erie water.

In 1995, Cleveland Water was the first utility in the country to enter into an agreement to participate in the Partnership for Safe Water Program”. Participation in the program involves a voluntary effort, in surface water treatment plants, to optimize treatment processes for the removal of disease causing organisms. In 1997, the Nottingham Water Plant was the first plant in the country to obtain a Phase III certification from the Partnership Program for self-assessment and correction. We have received the “Directors Award” from the program for the past 15 years, and continue in our efforts to optimize our treatment process.