Straight from the Tap

How to be Water (and Wallet) Smart this Memorial Day Weekend


Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and the warm weather usually means increased water use for our customers. If you’re planning on opening your pool or doing some yard work, you’ll want to check out the money-saving tips below.

Filling Your Pool

Cleveland Water allows customers to fill pools from a hydrant in order to help save money. To fill your pool using a hydrant, you’ll need to obtain a hydrant permit by bringing the following items to our Permits and Sales Department at 1201 Lakeside Ave.:

  • The address of the hydrant or the address of the dwelling closest to the hydrant,
  • A letter of permission from your local fire department, and
  • The number of gallons needed (or dimensions of the pool).

For more information on hydrant permits, please call 216-664-2444 or email us at


Lawn and garden care are significant contributors to increased water usage during the spring and summer. But there are several ways you can be water smart and still maintain a great looking yard.

  • Be sure to regularly check your outside spigots and garden hoses for leaks. If you have a sprinkler system, check that, too, and make sure your system is set correctly so that it doesn’t turn on when it’s raining. These types of leaks can be costly if left unchecked but are often easy and inexpensive to repair.
  • When watering plants, don’t waste water by watering them in the wrong place or during the wrong time of day. Use a watering wand, drip irrigation, or soaker hose to direct water right to the root zone where it’s needed. And water your lawn or garden during the early morning or evening hours. Never water during a hot afternoon. The high temperature will quickly evaporate the water requiring you to use more to hydrate plants adequately.
  • Cover your garden beds with a thin layer of mulch or compost to help retain moisture, reduce evaporation and minimize runoff. Be careful not to spread it too thick, however, or it can work against you by preventing moisture from reaching the roots.
  • Consider xeriscaping, a type of landscaping that uses native, slow-growing, and drought-tolerant plants to create a low maintenance lawn or garden. Xeriscaping significantly reduces the need for watering and the use of pesticides and fertilizers.
  • If you do need to regularly water your lawn or garden, install rain barrels to collect and store rainwater that you can use for watering.

Summer Sprinkling Program

Even if you follow the tips above, lawn and garden maintenance can still increase your usual water usage. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD)’s Summer Sprinkling Program helps you save money on your sewer bills since this additional water doesn’t return to the sewer system.

Under this program, summer bills are based on your average winter water consumption, unless actual summer water consumption is lower. The program is in effect each year from May 1 to September 30.

For questions or to apply for this program, contact NEORSD at 216-881-8247.