Berea water: Free quality tests available; mayor claims he drinks it every day

Berea water: Free quality tests available; mayor claims he drinks it every day

BEREA, OH (WOIO) - A test of one home's bathtub water in Berea showed an unsafe amount of lead in the sample and the mayor is telling concerned residents that he drinks the city's water every day and they can get their water tested for free.

The investigation into the contamination was prompted by complaints from some residents about the smell, taste and color of the water.

Water drawn from taps in various locations in the city turned up crystal clear, yellow and brown and the opinions from residents varied just the same after the story was posted on Facebook.

Some said they have never had a problem with their water and others said they'd never drink it because of odd colors and smells.

He also wrote about what the city is doing after learning water in one resident's bathtub came back with 0.0185 amount of lead. That level is above the maximum contaminate level of 0.015 set by the Ohio EPA. Project manager for Summit Environmental Technologies said it was a result to be "concerned" about.

Kleem turned down an interview with Cleveland 19 after learning about the lead in one home's water, but he did say the city is offering free testing. Report water quality issues and water meter problems to the Berea Water Plant Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 440-891-3308.

Kleem said after finding out Cleveland 19's test results, he followed up with the EPA.

The mayor also said on Facebook that he does drink the city's water every day.

He told Orlousky on video he would not drink the discolored water from Berea presented to him in an interview. Some on social media commented that the video was cut to sensationalize or to misrepresent the truth. In the spirit of transparency, the entire clip of that moment is posted below.

Cleveland 19 requested an interview with Kleem Nov. 14 and today on Facebook. The mayor said he is not interested in responding until further testing is done.

Read the 2015 water quality report in Berea here.

If you are concerned about the quality of water in your home in any Northeast Ohio location, here is a list of frequently asked questions and ways to get your water tested and contact Cleveland19 News at


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