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An excavator digs a trench in a road for a new water main while a crew member looks on.

Cleveland Water has awarded over $5 million to nine suburban communities for 15 water main replacement projects. This brings the total amount invested under the Suburban Water Main Renewal Program (SWMRP) to $200 million for 455 projects replacing over 800,000 feet of water main.

These awards are part of our $25 million annual capital investment in buried infrastructure, $15 million of which is awarded through the SWMRP. Twice annually, in April and September, Cleveland Water awards funding for water main projects in direct service suburban cities through the SWMRP. The SWMRP provides suburban communities with a mechanism to have their water mains replaced at no direct cost to them.

In 2007, Cleveland Water partnered with the Suburban Water Council of Governments – the advisory body representing the suburbs Cleveland provides water to – to launch the SWMRP.  The intent of the program is to renew and replace water infrastructure in direct service suburbs in order to reduce water loss, lower maintenance costs, and provide enhanced customer service. 

Prior to this program, suburban governments owned water mains smaller than 20 inches in their respective communities. While Cleveland Water was responsible for the maintenance and repair of broken mains, suburban communities were financially responsible for replacing or rehabilitating the infrastructure.

To join the program, suburbs must enter into a Restated Water Service Agreement (RWSA) that transfers ownership of their distribution system to Cleveland Water. Cleveland Water then takes over the responsibility of making capital improvements to the water distribution system in those suburbs. Accordingly, we have committed approximately $15 million annually to finance water main projects under the program.

Eligible suburbs can submit applications for proposed projects in their community twice per year. Projects are chosen based on an objective scoring model. Criteria include main break rate, fire protection, water quality issues, and removal of lead service lines.

While Cleveland Water provides project funding and oversight, each local suburb usually manages the design and construction process. SWMRP funds are often used to leverage additional funding sources for sewer or roadway projects that are done simultaneously with the water main work.

Community Street Project Boundaries CWD Funding (Est.)
East Cleveland Elwood Ave. Shaw Ave. to Hampton Rd. $321,542
East Cleveland Elm Ave. Shawview Ave. to Coit Ave. $306,230
East Cleveland Rosalind Ave. Euclid Ave. to Forest Hill Ave. $367,480
East Cleveland Alvason Rd. Euclid Ave. to Forest Hill Ave. $367,480
Fairview Park West 223rd St. Morton Ave. to Lorain Rd. $345,121
Fairview Park Stanford Ave. West 210th St. to West 204th St. $606,642
Garfield Heights East 110th St. Vernon Ave. to Plymouth Ave. $85,744
Highland Heights Franklin Blvd. Radford Dr. to Kenbridge Dr. $142,397
Newburgh Heights Gamma Ave. Washington Park Blvd. to E. 42nd St. $344,550
Parma Laverne Ave. Pearl Rd. to West 54th St. $765,575
Parma Grovewood Ave. West 24th St. to Broadview Rd. $416,473
Rocky River Rockcliff Dr. Wooster Rd. to city line $353,389
Rocky River Orchard Grove Ave. Northview Rd. to Westmoor Rd. $236,147
Seven Hills Graydon Dr. Rockside Rd. to end $516,800
South Euclid Lucille Ave. South Green Rd. to end $214,300