Where Your Dollar Goes

Ever wonder what happens to your money when you pay your water bill every month? At Cleveland Water, we know you work hard for that money. We operate entirely on revenue from ratepayers, so we want to be accountable to our customers for every dollar we spend. That’s why we created an infographic to show exactly how we spend those dollars. Click on the tabs below to learn more.

Where Your Dollar Goes

Investment in Infrastructure

For every dollar Cleveland Water spends, $0.44 goes to investment infrastructure like water treatment plants, pump stations, and underground water mains. Infrastructure as a critical issue that affects everyone. Cleveland, like most other older cities, is facing inevitable aging of its infrastructure. That’s why we have been and will continue investing in infrastructure in order to maintain reliable service.

$0.16 of that $0.44 goes to current investments in the water system as part of the Cleveland Water Capital Improvement Program. Currently, the focus of our capital improvement plan is the renewal and replacement of the 5,300 miles of water mains in the Cleveland Water system.

Over the next 10 years, approximately $26 million a year in capital funds will be dedicated to replacing aging infrastructure buried underground as a proactive measure against increased main breaks and other deterioration that can interrupt water service and inconvenience customers.

The remaining $0.28 goes to debt payments for historical investments in the water system. Over the past 30 years, Cleveland Water has spent $1.6 billion on our infrastructure. This includes projects like the $630 million Plant Enhancement Program, which modernized all four of our water treatment plants, and installation of new, state-of-the-art automated meter reading technology (AMR).

Water Treatment & Delivery

At Cleveland Water, we recognize that safe, quality drinking water is critical for the health, life, and growth of our community. That’s why $0.32 of every dollar we spend goes to pay for the everyday operation and maintenance of the Cleveland Water supply system; ensuring that our water treatment plants, pump stations, tanks and towers, and distribution mains produce and deliver the highest quality water to homes and businesses across our 640 square mile service area. This includes:

  • 4 interconnected water treatment plants
  • 5,300 miles of water mains,
  • Approximately 440,000 active water connections,
  • 74,971 fire hydrants,
  • 67,733 valves,
  • 21 water storage facilities (tanks and towers), and
  • 5 major and 11 secondary pump stations.

$0.16 of that $0.32 goes to operate the four water plants that produce a reliable supply of safe drinking water. The health of our customers and community is of vital importance to us. Water treatment plants operate 24/7/365 and water quality is regularly tested at every step of the treatment process from intake to delivery.

Another $0.16 goes to pay for the engineering and maintenance of the distribution system that delivers a constant supply of safe, great-tasting water when and where our customers need it.

Customer Service & Administration

$0.08 of every dollar goes to providing quality customer service at all levels of customer interaction. Whether through our permitting staff, our Call Center, or our staff in the field like Meter Technicians, we strive to engage our customers with courteous, quality, and timely service.

Working behind the scenes to make sure we regularly meet and exceed our customers’ expectations is a large support system. This support system includes IT staff, accountants, human resources and administrative staff that keep our operation running smoothly and efficiently.

$0.07 of every dollar goes to pay for the technology that serves as the backbone of our customer service, water treatment, and distribution systems. Whether it’s hardware or software, these systems require regular monitoring, maintenance, and enhancements to create a reliable, efficient, and enhanced experience for both our customers and employees.

$0.06 of every dollar goes to the make sure public dollars are accounted for and that we have a professional and qualified workforce. Cleveland Water recognizes that investment in our employees is just as important as investment in our tangible assets. This category includes recruitment and training of employees, safety training, financial accounting and budget creation and monitoring.