On the morning of Saturday, May 12, 2018, I woke up knowing that I would be attending my wife, Julie's, concert in the evening, but I had a strong sense that I had forgotten a daytime event that I had wanted to attend. There is always something going on that you can learn about by following the right organziations on Twitter. Luckily, I was reminded by a 7:24 a.m. "What's it gonna be for you today?" tweet by @ShareTheRiver. The tweet linked to the Share The River event post: Cleveland Water Tour of the Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant
The Share The River event post stated that in celebration of American Water Works Association's (@AWWAACE) Drinking Water Week, Cleveland Water (@ClevelandWater) was hosting an open house of their Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant. This was the final event of Cleveland Water's Drinking Water Week 2018 activities.
In celebration of Drinking Water Week, Cleveland Water will be holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant.
Join us for an opportunity to learn how your water goes from lake to tap with a free guided tour. We’ll also have family-friendly activities, hands-on demonstrations and exhibits, food trucks, games, and giveaways.
Registration is encouraged for tours, which are approximately 30 minutes long. Please note that the last tour leaves at 3 p.m. The Morgan Plant, like all of our water treatment plants, is a 365/24/7 operation. Some areas may be very noisy. Certain restrictions will be in place for your and our employees’ safety.
Tours also involve considerable walking and standing. If you have any accessibility needs, please let us know in advance, and we will make accommodations as we want all of our guests to be able to participate.
Initially started more than 35 years ago by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), National Drinking Water Week is an annual event for both water professionals and customers to unite in recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives.
Water Treatment Is Important!
One of the main reasons I am grateful for seeing @ShareTheRiver's tweet reminding me to attend Cleveland Water's open house is that I am very interested in the subject of water treatment and city resource infrastructure. In fact, I have already written two blog posts about the subject:
One week before, on Saturday, May 5, 2018, I attended the Akron Waterways Renewed (@AkronWaterways) open house and tour of the Akron Water Reclamation Facility. Learn more in my 7) Saturday, May 5, 2018 - Akron Waterways Renewed! Blue Heron Homecoming blog post, which was the seventh part of my "Eight Days a Week" of Fun blog posts.
On September 27, 2014, I toured the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's (@NEORSD - @WallyWaterdrop) Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant. Read about the day in my blog post: Visiting Wally Waterdrop - NEORSD Open House
Here is a map that shows the physical relationship between the Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant and both the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant and Akron Water Reclamation Facility.Since all the water from the Cuyahoga River ends up in the source of our drinking water -- Lake Erie -- you can understand how important the work of these three water treatment plants are to the health and wellbeing of our region.
Facts about Cleveland Water and Garrett A. Morgan
In the past, redundant systems were not in place to guarantee that if one plant was down, the others could make up for the loss. Now, there are more efficient pump systems, generators available during power outages, and backup water pumps within the Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant. Between the backup systems within each plant, and the combined resources of the four plants, Cleveland Water has in place systems and plans to ensure there will always be water available.
Today, over 1.3 million people are served by Cleveland Water. It was interesting to learn that when the Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant was first built, the only treatment was to chlorinate the water, and the water intake was close to the Cuyahoga River, which was polluted from all the industry along the river in Akron and Cleveland. Today, Cleveland Water does more than just purify the water, and the water intake is farther out in the lake.
Here is a PDF file of the Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant brochure that Cleveland Water provided during the tour. It explains some of the history of the building, why it is named after Garrett A. Morgan, and an overview of the water treatment process. The Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant brochure PDF will open in a new browser window.
I have always wanted to see the Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant up close, since driving by on the shoreway, I was fascinated by the architecture of these old buildings. During the tour, I learned that while the main building was built in 1916, the building I was looking at from the freeway was the newer water pump station (I believe it was built in 2005). Cleveland Water did a good job matching the architecture of the new pump building to that of the older, historic building.
Westside in Ohio City
The Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant, built in 1916, was originally named The Division Avenue Pumping and Filtration Plant, and was constructed on the site of where the original water system originated in 1856. This makes Morgan the oldest treatment facility within the Cleveland Water system. In addition to being the oldest, Morgan also has the largest Ohio EPA approved capacity of 150 million gallons, pumping an average of 60 million gallons of water a day to the residents and businesses located downtown and in the western and southern suburbs of Cleveland.
From 2001 to 2012, Morgan underwent renovations as part of Cleveland Water’s Plant Enhancement Project. The cost associated with these improvements was $177.2 million and consisted of: a new finished water pump station; renovated filters; a renovated Filter and Administration building and a raw water pump station; a new 15 million gallon reservoir; and the demolition of an old finished water pump building.
In 1991, the plant was renamed the Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant. It is named after Garrett Augustus Morgan, a local inventor and entrepreneur whose creations have made a positive impact on the world and are still being used today. He is also known for inventing an improved traffic signal with a warning light; a zig-zag stitching attachment for sewing machines; and hair cream. However, his most notable invention was the gas mask which saved the lives of several men trapped during an explosion in an underground tunnel beneath Lake Erie in 1916. This same gas mask was adopted by the U.S. Armed Forces during WWI and became the prototype for modern day firefighting hoods used to battle oil well fires.
Before going on the tour, Department of Public Utilities Manager of Communications Paula D. Morrison told me some details about the Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant and how they have a mini-museum about Garrett A. Morgan.
I have read a little about Garrett A. Morgan at the Western Reserve Historical Society (@CleStartsHere) (see photo in #GarrettMorgan tweets), and have a poster of him in my office that Lee Hall (@PaleeoGuy) designed for the 2017 March for Science in Cleveland (@ScienceMarchCLE). (See photo in my office in #ScienceMarchCLE tweet and all the posters in my March For Science Cleveland on Earth Day 2017 blog post.)
See the "September 9, 2015 - Gateway District "Take a Hike" Tour" section of my "Take a Hike," Cleveland! - 2015 & 2016 blog post to learn how I "met" Cleveland inventor Garrett Morgan (or at least a talented actor who shared his stories) during the tour. The Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation (@GatewayCLE) "Take a Hike" Cleveland tours are the greatest!
Tweets & Retweets
Here are my @sos_jr tweets and retweets, which include information about Cleveland Water and some photos of the Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant. Note that photography was restricted during the Plant tour, so some of the photos are from Cleveland Water's website. Please share informational tweets and any photos and videos that you find interesting by retweeting.
You've got a double-header this Saturday!— Share The River (@ShareTheRiver) May 10, 2018
1) @canalwaycle's #RiverSweep, Ohio's largest done-in-a-day clean-up: https://t.co/Jde7mwiHsr
2) @ClevelandWater's open House and tour of their Garrett A. Morgan treatment plant: https://t.co/uF32UCQZ75
#DrinkingWaterWeek may be winding down but we've saved our best event for last! Join us at our Open House tomorrow from 10 to 4 and see first-hand how your water goes from #LakeErie to your tap. Details: https://t.co/Wp452Uts9J pic.twitter.com/xNI2N2GZm3— Cleveland Water (@ClevelandWater) May 11, 2018
After visiting @WallyWaterdrop to tour @neorsd a few years ago https://t.co/YY0bGfDwUs and attending the @AkronWaterwaysÕ #AkronWaterHero Water Reclamation Plant tour last week, I thought I would tour @ClevelandWater #GarrettMorgan #Water Treatment Plant for #DrinkingWaterWeek— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 12, 2018
Welcome!— Cleveland Water (@ClevelandWater) May 12, 2018
Thank you @ShareTheRiver for your tweet and blog post about the @ClevelandWater #GarrettMorgan #Water Treatment Plant Tour today for #DrinkingWaterWeek— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 12, 2018
I am going on tour since @ShareTheRiver reminded me via tweet: https://t.co/kkDh5pw0Ll
A @ClevelandWater employee tells me 900+ people RSVPd to attend #DrinkingWaterWeek tour of #GarrettMorgan #Water Treatment Plant and more are coming to register here. https://t.co/YwAayV0kFi— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 12, 2018
I learn that 250 million gallons cleaned each day at 4 #Cleveland #water plants. pic.twitter.com/7BA9q07Z3J
I always thought the @ClevelandWaterÕs #GarrettMorgan #Water Treatment Plant was a cool looking #historic building. Learn it was built in 1916.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 12, 2018
In the control room I learn how redundant pump systems better than 20 years ago.#DrinkingWaterWeek. https://t.co/YwAayV0kFi pic.twitter.com/JK5l5mhbhn
I love the brick & tile roof of the @ClevelandWaterÕs #GarrettMorgan #Water Treatment Plant.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 12, 2018
IÕm glad to tour this great #historic #Cleveland building. https://t.co/w6soyFJLC9
Expecting 1,500 on tours today.#ThisIsCLE during #DrinkingWaterWeek. https://t.co/YwAayV0kFi pic.twitter.com/d3tUCx6JEn
Thanks everybody for your questions! If you want to know more, come to our #DrinkingWaterWeek Open House this Saturday! Register for a treatment plant tour here: https://t.co/odjvu9Kpkm pic.twitter.com/Cx8yR21PRb— Cleveland Water (@ClevelandWater) May 10, 2018
Learn about #Cleveland inventor #GarrettMorgan on tour of @ClevelandWaterÕs #Water Treatment Plant. https://t.co/w6soyFJLC9— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 12, 2018
Morgan invented an early version of a #gasMask called a smoke hood.https://t.co/HkEZSTK4GB#ThisIsCLE #DrinkingWaterWeek. https://t.co/YwAayV0kFi pic.twitter.com/i8ab4C2wcm
See that @sustainableCLE, friends of @WallyWaterdrop from @neorsd, and also the @CleveMetroparks are all here at the tour of @ClevelandWaterÕs #GarrettMorgan #Water Treatment Plant. #ThisIsCLE for #DrinkingWaterWeek. https://t.co/YwAayV0kFi pic.twitter.com/hUL03J5u6k— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 12, 2018
While on @ClevelandWater #DrinkingWaterWeek tour, I told others about @neorsd open house & the @AkronWaterwaysÕ #AkronWaterHero tour: https://t.co/yVxGynWj3Z— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 12, 2018
I learned today that 9/15 is next @WallyWaterdrop @neorsd open house.
It is a great tour: https://t.co/YY0bGfDwUs pic.twitter.com/0PYHdeMpl0
I think we have a Chemist in the making! pic.twitter.com/pSqazKhnwt— Cleveland Water (@ClevelandWater) May 12, 2018
@neorsd having fun at the other side of the urban water cycle. Stop by and see us at the @ClevelandWater Open House. Open until 4pm at the Garrett A. Morgan Water Plant on West 45th Street in Cleveland! pic.twitter.com/quVjR5u9Vj— Jean Chapman Smith (@IamWonderWoman5) May 12, 2018
Quite a crowd for @ClevelandWater's Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant Open House! The warm bus "waiting area" is a nice touch!#DrinkingWaterWeek https://t.co/4KVw2Pd8Cq pic.twitter.com/lnHuPeLHwL— Share The River (@ShareTheRiver) May 12, 2018
Thank you @ClevelandWater for the interesting tour of your #GarrettMorgan #Water Treatment Plant for #DrinkingWaterWeek!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 12, 2018
Thank you @ShareTheRiver for letting me know about this #Cleveland event via your tweets and blog post! https://t.co/DaFpgr9UKn pic.twitter.com/jKDklFHOyA
Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by!— Cleveland Water (@ClevelandWater) May 12, 2018
Thank you @MainStStark for sharing my blog post "Visiting @WallyWaterdrop - @NEORSD Open House" in your Stark Entrepreneurship Daily— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 14, 2018
FYI, while on @ClevelandWater #DrinkingWaterWeek tour I learned about 9/15 @WallyWaterdrop @neorsd open house
See info https://t.co/gL6TRznYI1 https://t.co/LAizpZ1ybm
The latest The Stark Entrepreneurship Daily! https://t.co/yEGtkJ9Yyg— SocMedia MainStStark (@MainStStark) May 13, 2018
Didn't make it to the open house a few weeks ago? Get the abridged version thanks to 3 informational boards we've installed along the Lakefront Bikeway overlook near W. 45th and the Morgan Treatment Plant. pic.twitter.com/ebAVZ97tNQ— Cleveland Water (@ClevelandWater) May 23, 2018
Thank you, Cleveland Water, for the informative tour. I hope to learn even more in the future.