Water wasted for weeks near Fairmount Circle

Posted at 8:12 AM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 08:12:54-04

This is yet another story about the imperfections of the Cleveland Division of Water.

Cherie Ulrich works at Peter Danford Inc. and, for a while now, she's been staring out her windows at water. A lot of water.

It's around Fairmount Circle near Warrensville Road.

"The water that the City of Cleveland has spent money on, our taxpaying money to clean is now just simply going down the drain," driver Sandy Crocker Hosfeld told News 5 as she was driving in the area. "It doesn't make any sense at all. Not even a little bit."

Read more from our investigation into the Cleveland water department here.

The Cleveland Division of Water told News 5 it couldn't shut off the water because the broken hydrant line leads into a medical facility. They said they were working with the people in the building to find a good time to fix it. 

However, five weeks later, nothing was planned. That's until we went to the water department with viewer complaints.

Now water officials say they scheduled a fix for Thursday.

Aside from the wasted money, someone from the city put barrels up but didn't fix the leak, sending thousands of gallons of water down the drain. Then, they left. 

There's already construction in the area so the barriers added to the traffic congestion.

Cleveland Division of Water officials said that, if a driver feels the barriers cause a safety hazard, they should call the department so crews can evaluate the problem.