Straight from the Tap

Why Do More Water Main Breaks Occur During Winter?

Have you ever tried to dig a hole in the middle of winter only to find that the ground was frozen? When air temperatures drop below 32°F, the water in soil starts to freeze. The depth to which the ground freezes is called the frost line. The colder the winter and the longer the cold, the deeper the frost line will go causing more breaks and leaks on underground water infrastructure. 

Why It's a Bad Idea to Drink Untreated Water

Did you know that Cleveland Water wasn’t the first water delivery system in Cleveland? That distinction belongs to Benhu Johnson, a veteran, who, in 1814, would deliver two gallons of untreated Lake Erie water to your home for one penny. Today, Cleveland Water delivers a reliable supply of safe, treated drinking water for about the same price – two gallons for a penny.

Cleveland Water Crews Discuss Working in Elements

Ever wonder what it's like working with water in below freezing temperatures? We asked one of our pipe repair crews just that.

Winter Weather Update

With the bitterly cold temperatures our region has been experiencing, Department of Public Utilities Director Robert Davis, Cleveland Water Commission Alex Margevicius, and Chief of Distribution and Maintenance Kim Thompson provided an update on how the severe winter weather has affected operations and how customers can protect their homes. 

What to Do If a Water Pipe Freezes

The best way to deal with freezing pipes is to prevent them in the first place. A thin flow of water from a faucet during the worst of the cold spell can help prevent plumbing or water service lines from freezing. If you are away from home for several days, turn the water off and drain the outside faucets. Or leave the thermostat set at or above 65 degrees to ensure your home stays warm.

2017 Recap: Monitoring Water Quality with New Technology

As we do every year, Cleveland Water continued to deliver safe, quality water to our customers in 2017. As outlined in our 2016 Water Quality Report, released in May of 2017, we consistently met and exceeded state and federal standards for water quality.

10 Years of the Suburban Water Main Renewal Program

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

2017 Recap: Focusing on Underground Infrastructure

Now that winter is here, Cleveland Water pipe repair crews have to battle the bitter cold temperatures as well as an increase in water main breaks. We experience an increase in breaks during the winter season because of the freeze and thaw process. Since we know this is coming, we take preventative measures throughout the year to try and reduce some of the breaks leading up to the winter season. One of the biggest ways we work to address this issue is through our Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

Cleveland STEP Students Become Scientists for the Day with Sherwin-Williams

For this month's Cleveland STEP class, scientists and chemists from Sherwin-Williams' Research and Development team showed students how to make paint. Click on the image below to view a photo gallery of the students learning adventure. Learn more about the Cleveland Student Technical Enrichment Program.