The water system in Cleveland Heights is in need of significant repair, estimated at $20 million. It also owes more than $3 million to the Cleveland Water Department, which supplies water to Cleveland Heights through a “master meter” (i.e. Cleveland Heights pays for all the water it uses, and then distributes the water to residents for a fee that it collects).
With such large immediate expenses the city is looking for ways to reduce the short-term burden on residents. CH City Council Member Jason Stein has kept residents aware of proceedings through his blog.
Here’s the latest update, on a proposal by the Cleveland Water Department to take over management of the Cleveland Heights water system:
Cleveland Water has submitted a proposed framework to begin direct service with Cleveland Heights. This is a positive first step. But, there are still important questions that will hopefully be answered sooner than later. Here is the Memorandum from Cleveland Heights City Manager, Tanisha Briley to City Council. [Read the rest]