Lake Erie is one of our region’s best assets. It provides our drinking water, and supports a variety of jobs and recreation opportunities. We take our responsibility as a steward of Lake Erie seriously because the health of the Lake affects us all.
Cleveland Water uses surface water drawn from Lake Erie as the source of our drinking water. The water that eventually ends up in your home starts about 3 miles out in Lake Erie before being treated to ensure it is safe to drink.
Lake Erie is one of the five lakes that make up the Great Lakes. In total, the Great Lakes contain about 21% of the Earth’s fresh water. Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes with an average depth of 62 feet. Because it is so shallow, it is also the warmest Lake. Over 11 million people in Ontario, Canada, and the United States make their home along the shores of Lake Erie.
Lake Erie Facts:
- Length 241 miles
- Maximum Width 57 miles
- Average Depth 62 feet
- Maximum Depth 210 feet
- Volume 127.6 trillion gallons
- Surface Area 9,910 square miles
- Drainage area 30,140 square miles
- Shoreline 871 miles
- Retention time 2.6 years
Lake Erie is Constantly Monitored
Because Lake Erie is so important to so many people, we constantly monitor changing environmental issues that might threaten the health and vitality of this great resource.
Lake Condition Webcam
To see a live view of the lake and its current condition, click here.