Investment in Infrastructure

For every dollar Cleveland Water spends, $0.36 goes to investing in infrastructure like water treatment plants, pump stations, and underground water mains. Infrastructure plays a critical role in our daily lives and our communities. Cleveland, like most other older cities, is facing the inevitable aging of its infrastructure. That’s why we have been and will continue investing in infrastructure in order to maintain safe, reliable water service.

$0.20 of that $0.36 goes to current investments in the water system as part of the Cleveland Water Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Currently, the focus of our CIP is the renewal and replacement of our 5,300 miles of water mains, with approximately $25 million a year dedicated to replacing aging underground infrastructure as a proactive measure against increased main breaks and other deterioration that can interrupt water service and inconvenience customers.

We have over $700 million planned in capital investments from 2021 to 2030.

The other $0.16 goes to debt payments for historical investments in the water system. From 2006 to 2018, Cleveland Water invested over $1.1 billion in our infrastructure. This includes projects like the $630 million Plant Enhancement Program, which modernized all four of our water treatment plants, and the installation of new, state-of-the-art automated meter reading technology (AMR).