Straight from the Tap

How We Prepare for Winter Weather


Harsh winter weather is never convenient. But at Cleveland Water, we do everything we can to minimize the impact it may have on the treatment and delivery of your water.

Steps to prepare employees and equipment for the upcoming winter weather started in early fall, well in advance of colder temperatures.

These steps include inspecting necessary vehicles and equipment to ensure they are operating correctly, stocking cases of salt and calcium chloride in our warehouse, and, most importantly, properly training and equipping our water main repair crews.

Repair crews can sometimes work 12-16 hours in cold and wet conditions repairing water mains, which break more often in winter. In addition to a clothing allowance, these employees are provided with heavy duty rubberized gloves, rubberized boot spikes, and helmet liners to ensure they are warm and safe.

Repair trucks are also equipped with salt. Water main breaks can cause icy conditions during cold weather so crews have salt on hand to keep roads and sidewalks safe.

Cleveland Water maintains our own snow plows, salt trucks, and snow blowers. These vehicles and the crews that operate them clear snow and ice from our treatment plants, pump stations, maintenance buildings, and offices to keep them operating effectively. They will also assist the City of Cleveland in clearing roadways if necessary.

Taking these steps each year ensures that water delivery to our customers continues to run smoothly regardless of the weather.