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Chagrin Falls Water Is In Full Compliance With State and Federal Chromium Regulations And Below The Stringent California Standards

The Village of Chagrin Falls fully understands the concern that our customers may have over the recent report raising questions about the levels of chromium-6 in public drinking water systems. Our top priority is to deliver safe drinking water to our customers. Chagrin Falls Water meets and exceeds all State and Federal drinking water standards as established by the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA), including regulations related to chromium.

Chromium-3 is an essential human dietary element. It is found in many vegetables, fruits, meats, grains, and yeast. Chromium-6 occurs naturally in the environment from the erosion of natural chromium deposits. It can also be produced and used in industrial processes. High concentrations of chromium-6 have been linked to cancer in laboratory animals. Chromium-6 is frequently found in low concentrations in our environment, including source water used for drinking water. The US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has an established Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for total Chromium (which includes Chromium-6) of 100 parts per billion (PPB), (one part per billion is equivalent to one drop in a 14,000 gallon pool). Our most recent testing results (2013) indicates Chagrin Water’s total Chromium level is non-detectable (a concentration below the detection limit of the test). We also recently completed Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 3) testing which indicated our Chromium-6 levels were 0.23 PPB at the village wells and non-detectable in the distribution system (the water mains that deliver water to the customers).

Since 2013, we have tested at our wells and our distribution system as required by the USEPA. Chagrin’s water supply results for Chromium-6 results are well below the stringent California standard of 10 PPB.

Again, the safety of our customers is our highest priority. As such, we continuously monitor and test our raw and finished water to ensure we deliver safe, quality water that meets and exceeds all State and Federal drinking water standards.

For more information see:
Ohio EPA has a public information center that can be reached at (614)644-2160.

New Cleveland Water Contract Proposed To Council

The Chagrin Falls Utilities Department is located on Meadow Lane.Chagrin Falls Residents:

It is with a great deal of pleasure that I can report to you that the administration has been successful in renegotiating the water supply agreement with the Cleveland Water District (CWD). We will be submitting this revised contract for council’s approval in the next few weeks. These revisions both reduce the minimum purchase volumes we must buy from Cleveland and move the measurement period to an annual basis from a monthly basis and assure our supply of water far into the future. Based upon these changes and our projected water supply needs, we have agreed, subject to council’s approval, to extend our contract for an additional 10 years to 2037.

The Village currently produces well water at approximately $2.80 per 1000 gallons compared to buying it from Cleveland at a cost of $4.78 per 1,000 gallons. Our costs are largely fixed and as we produce more well water the cost per unit goes down. Maximizing the ground water usage provides a significant savings to our customers and will moderate the need for future rate increases. I would specifically note the importance in protecting the Franklin Street aquifer now and in the future as it will save the the village $325,000 per year or $135.00 per customer annually by 2021. Our retention of the mothballed Washington Street well fields provides a potential expansion opportunity to meet future demand with lower cost well water. The change to an annual determination of purchase minimums is effective January 1 of 2017 and the reduction in the total purchase obligation is phased in over 5 years starting in 2017. Once fully effective in 2021 these changes will save the village water utility $325,000 per year. These savings will be applied in total to the Water-Reserve for Capital Improvements fund (Fund E3) and used to finance the water infrastructure needs. With these savings we can begin an orderly program to replace the remaining portions of our water distribution system that are antiquated and well beyond their service life.

The revised CWD contract, together with the 2015 enacted rate increase, will now allow us to fully fund the water utility’s capital needs without any additional anticipated rate increase for capital improvements. The funding sources and needs are now balanced within $250,000 over 10 years and this amount can easily be met via a combination of new customers, additional ongoing savings and, if necessary minor short term borrowing. Previously, this account reflected needs in excess of identified revenue sources of almost $2,000,000 and implied large future rate increases for capital improvements. This funding short fall is now provided for with the reduction in the CWD minimum purchases requirement and NOT water rate increases. This keeps money in our customer’s pockets.

While the waste water treatment plant has both anticipated EPA mandated capital needs and major equipment upgrades in 2020 (which will be financed), I can now confidentially report that based on known needs and revenue BOTH utilities, Water and Sewer are on a sustainable financial basis. Passage of the income tax increase this November will secure the overall village finances now and into the foreseeable future.

We strongly recommend that Council approve this revised contract.


Mayor William Tomko 

Water Main Break Overnight Affects Much Of Village

Water-Main-Break-SliderUPDATE 3:11 PM 07/15/2016:  The Boil Advisory has been lifted.  

UPDATE 4 PM 07/14/2016: Boil advisory will remain in effect through Saturday morning 07/16/2016.

The Village Utilities Dept. experienced a major water main break in the early morning hours of 07/14/2016.

While we don’t believe there is any contamination to the system we are issuing a boil advisory for properties in the following areas – E. Washington St from Main St. to Ridgewood Dr., Senlac Hills subdivision, Philomethian St., S. Franklin St. From E. Washington St. to the cemetery, Carriage Stone Dr., Oak St., Pine St., Cedar St., South St., Bradley St., Bellview St., Main St. from E. Washington St. to Cedar St., May Ct., Elm Ct., Bell St. from Main St. to Ridgewood Dr., Vincent St., American St., Columbus St., Cleveland St from E. Washington St to Mill St., Low St., Hamlet Hills, Carriage Hill, Walters Rd. and Hickory Hill Dr.

It is recommended any water used for human consumption should be boiled vigorously for minute.

If you have any questions please contact the Utilities Dept. at 247-5050

Glenn Elliott
Superintendent of Utilities

Boil Advisory Lifted

Water-Main-Break-SliderFrom the Village of Chagrin Falls Utilities Department:

The boil advisory issued yesterday for parts of the Chagrin Falls water system has been lifted. All water customers may use water as they normally would. If you have any questions please call the Water Department at 247-5051.

Boil Advisory Issued For Some Streets

Water-Main-Break-SliderThe Village Utilities Dept. experienced a major water main break this morning.   While we don’t believe there is any contamination to the system we are issuing a boil advisory for properties on Bell St. east of Cleveland St., Walters Rd, Hickory Hill Dr.,Carriage Hill Dr. and Hamlet Hills. and all streets north of East and West Summit St.

It is recommended any water used for human consumption should be boiled vigorously for one minute.

If you have any questions please contact the Utilities Dept. at 247-5050.

Water Main Break Affecting Entire Village

alert-symbolPosted 11:15 am Thursday, March 31, 2016

There has been a break to a 12 inch water line on West Washington Street affecting the water supply to the entire village.

The utilities department is assessing the situation and will update when they know more information.  Currently, there is no estimate on when today water will be restored or who will be under a boil alert.  Stay tuned.


UPDATE 11:37 am   Water restored to most of village as problem has been isolated to the W. Washington Street area.  Residents with restored water may still experience low pressure or discolored water due to the earlier break.

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