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Cleveland Water Pollution Control is the sewer maintenance division and stormwater manager for the city of Cleveland, Ohio. We are responsible for the sanitary sewer and stormwater collection system and for developing, implementing and maintaining environmental stormwater compliance standards and programs, including enforcing laws related to illicit discharges.

Cleveland’s sewer system is comprised of 1,436 miles of sewer lines, more than 43,500 storm drains and 12 pump stations. WPC operations help minimize and eliminate street and basement flooding and protect local streams, the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie from pollutants.

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Our Mission

To provide superior leadership, excellent customer service and innovative stormwater and wastewater infrastructure management for a safe and sustainable environment.

Our Vision

To be an innovative steward and leader in the stormwater and wastewater industry and a model customer service provider.

About Our Rates

Every 5 years Water Pollution conducts a rate study to evaluate the financial stability of its system. Water Pollution Control is proposing a gradual increase in rates over the next 5 years to support critical infrastructure investment. We’re also implementing new ways to keep rates affordable for customers. Learn more about why we’re proposing new rates, what that means for our customers, and how to save on your bill by clicking here.

Customer Service

Customer Service representatives help Cleveland residents and property owners in the city with sewer-related concerns and questions.

The Water Pollution Control Office
12302 Kirby Ave.,
Cleveland, Ohio 44108

In case of a sewer emergency, call WPC at (216) 664-2513 for service 24 hours a day.

Report Illegal Dumping: (216) 664-DUMP

Sewer Line Protection Information

Be sure to:

  • Report sewer odor, clogged catch basins/storm drains and street flooding
  • Report sewer backups in your basement

Call or email to report problems, ask questions or general comments.


Sewer builders and contractors repairing sewers in the city of Cleveland must have a permit from Water Pollution Control. A permit must be obtained before an excavation is made. All plans and permits must be kept at the work site at all times while the work is in progress. This is in accordance with the Cleveland Codified Ordinance, Part Five, Title VII, Section 541.05 (2F). There are no exceptions.

Obtaining Permits

Licensed sewer builders can apply for and purchase work permits in person at the Water Pollution Control Office, 12302 Kirby Ave., Cleveland, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If the licensed sewer builder cannot be present, then a letter of authorization must be submitted by a representative. The letter must be on company letterhead and include:

  • Date
  • Authorization, Name of authorized representative
  • Location of work being performed
  • Signature of licensed sewer builder


Payments for Permits

Checks submitted for the purchase of permits must include the licensed builder’s company name, address and phone number.

Sewer Connection Permit Fees

Permit Fee
Bulkhead $95
Repair $230
Extend $630
Lay $665
Re-Inspection $277
Miscellaneous $112


East 185th Street Marcella Road Sewer Project

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About The Project

The East 185th Street and Marcella Road Relief Sewer Project is designed to reduce basement flooding in that service area. About 5,200 feet of 48-inch diameter relief sewer will be installed along East 185th Street and Marcella Road to accept excess flow from the existing sanitary sewer during wet weather events. There will be 13 connections from the existing sanitary sewer system to the new relief sewer.


Sanitary and storm sewers are important to the health and well-being of Cleveland residents and the environment. As infrastructure ages, rehabilitating and replacing sewers and their connections is a priority. Water Pollution Control (WPC) is investing $15 million in this important project. Residents will not be assessed a fee for the installation of the new relief sewer.

What Residents Can Expect

Construction can be disruptive, and we will make every attempt to minimize the impact of this project. Other utilities and fire protection will be maintained throughout the project.
During construction, traffic will be maintained with some restrictions, including temporary intersection and road closings. Marcella Avenue may be closed to through traffic until spring 2020.
Residents will be able to access driveways, but there will be limited parking on streets. When there is a need to restrict access and parking, notifications will be posted in advance.