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OUR MISSION is to serve our customers by leading effective wastewater and stormwater management that protects the health and environment of our region while enhancing quality of life.

OUR HISTORY: Learn more about how the Sewer District was created in 1972. Read more...

OUR TRUSTEES: Profiles of our seven Trustees

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The District is responsible for wastewater treatment facilities and interceptor sewers in the greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area. This service area encompasses the City of Cleveland and all or portions of 61 suburban municipalities in Cuyahoga, Summit, Lake and Lorain Counties and includes a diversified group of manufacturing and processing industries.

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Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs): The District owns and operates three wastewater treatment plants: Easterly, Southerly and Westerly. Through the operation of these plants, the District minimizes the amount of pollution entering Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River.

Interceptor Sewers: The District is also responsible for a variety of related wastewater treatment infrastructure and projects, designed to provide wastewater conveyance from the local sewers to the treatment plants. The District maintains over two hundred miles of large interceptor sewers.

Combined Sewer Overflow Control: The City of Cleveland and some nearby suburbs have combined sewers, in which one pipe conveys both stormwater and sanitary sewage. The District maintains combined sewer overflows throughout the Greater Cleveland area.

Industrial Waste Control: The District conducts investigations to identify pollutants within the sewage collection system that have the potential to be reduced through pollution prevention and works with industrial customers to achieve pollution prevention goals.

Other Areas: Other District activities include watershed protection and planning, working with local communities to ensure that small streams and tributaries are properly maintained, and related support services to ensure our ability to meet our responsibilities to the region.
A wastewater collection system gathers used water from homes and businesses and directs it to the conveyance system. Some of the components of a collection system include: gravity sewers, force mains, manholes, regulators and lift stations. Proper maintenance of the collection system ensures that wastewater is not allowed to back up and overflow into the street, someone's home, or into the streams, rivers or Lake Erie.

Types of collection systems, programs, and related documentation
Conveyance of wastewater is achieved through a system of local sewers, combined sewers, intercommunity relief sewers, interceptor sewers, automated regulators and pump stations. Proper operation and maintenance of the conveyance system ensures that wastewater is safely and efficiently transported to treatment plants.

Types of sewer systems and controls
Wastewater treatment cleans up water so that it may be safely released to a lake or river, and it usually consists of two major stages: primary and secondary. Primary treatment separates sand, grit and larger solids from the wastewater, but solids still remain. Secondary treatment removes these solids mainly through a biological process.

Treatment facilities