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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).