The Cleveland Water Blog

Tags: Water Quality

Protecting Our Source Water: Actions to Reduce Plastic Waste

Protecting our shared natural resources that we all need to live – clean air, clean water, and healthy native habitats on land – is critical to creating and maintaining a robust economy and a good quality of life.

Why You Shouldn't Drink Water from a Garden Hose (and When You Can)

Hot summer days call for outdoor hoses, sprinklers, and water balloons battles.

Cleveland Water would like to remind customers that commonly used outdoor faucets and garden hoses, especially those that pre-date 2014, are not meant to be used for drinking water. They may contain lead and/or be made from materials that easily leach chemicals into the water, especially when heated by the sun. In addition, garden hoses are usually left outside in unsanitary conditions, making them susceptible to bacteria growth.

What to Know About Backflow Prevention

Cleveland Water works hard to make sure its customers consume safe, quality drinking water at all times. One way we do this is by regulating backflow. Backflow occurs when a drop in water pressure results in water from an unprotected cross connection to be pulled into your plumbing.

Cleveland STEP Students Discover the Water Treatment Process with Cleveland Water

For their March class, Cleveland STEP students visited Cleveland Water's Baldwin Water Treatment Plant. Students learned how water is brought in from Lake Erie, treated with a multi-barrier process to produce safe drinking water, and distributed throughout the 80 communities of the Cleveland Water distribution system. Click on the image below to learn more about this month's class and view the photo gallery.

Why Cold is Good for Water Quality

After a brief appearance from the sun this past weekend, another stretch of below-freezing temperatures is forecasted. And with it, Lake Erie ice cover is expected to reach over 90% concentration by the end of the week.

Cleveland Water’s Maggie Rodgers appreciates a cold Cleveland winter.

Highland and Georgetown Road Repair Update

 Due to ongoing repairs to a 54-inch main that was shut down earlier this month for emergency repairs, customers in some eastern suburbs may experience water that appears to be slightly cloudy when they turn on their faucet. The water has been tested and is safe to drink. THERE IS NO BOIL ADVISORY IN EFFECT.

Get to know your pipes and fixtures

At Cleveland Water, we know that access to a reliable supply of safe, high-quality drinking water is critical to keeping the people you care about safe. That is why we work had to make sure the water we deliver is to our 1.4 million customers meets and exceeds the highest standards for quality and safety. We take multiple steps so that the water we deliver to your home is safe from lead and other contaminants.

How to determine if you have a lead cityside connection

At Cleveland Water, we take the risks associated with lead in drinking water seriously. That is why we have optimized our water treatment process to help protect you and your family from risks associated with lead pipes.

How Orthophosphate helps keep your drinking water safe from lead

Cleveland Water takes multiple steps to make sure the water you drink is safe from a variety of potential contaminants, including lead.

Our use of orthophosphate in our treatment process has substantially reduced - by about 90% - the levels of lead found in our customer's drinking water over the past 20 years; however, there are still some people's homes and businesses in Greater Cleveland that contain lead pipes, plumbing and service connections.

Cleveland Water: Working hard to reduce Water Loss

By Jason Wood, Chief of Public Affairs, DPU

As residents of Northeast Ohio, we are blessed to have a great and ample source of water – Lake Erie – in our backyard. This wonderful natural resource supports a variety of jobs and recreation opportunities, and provides a high quality source for our drinking water.

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