Little use leaves water supply pipeline open near Cleveland

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio - Sometimes suburbia doesn't develop as fast as expected.

Five million gallons of water a week are dumped from a supply line in suburban Cleveland because the pipeline is underused.

Home construction in the neighborhood in Brecksville didn't develop as fast as expected. That leaves water sitting in the pipeline and allowing the chlorine to dissipate.

To keep the supply fresh, the Cleveland Water Department leaves two hydrants open, with the water pouring into Chippewa Creek. The water is safe for the 3,500 customers along the pipeline.

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