Water Distribution

About the Distribution Department

The City of Lorain Water Distribution Department is responsible for maintaining the transmission lines of water from the water purification plant. This involves working closely with the staff at the plant to monitor water quality and system operations.

The Distribution Department in September 2011 adopted the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Distribution Systems Best Practices Guide. This guide recommends various maintenance tasks to ensure a properly maintained water distribution system and that City can provide: 1) High quality water that is delivered to the tap; 2) Continuous operations in the event of an emergency; and 3) Prevention  of contamination events. 

The Distribution Department continues to strive to implement all aspects of the EPA’s Best Practices Guide.


The Distribution Department is responsible for the maintenance and operation of approximately 325 miles of water mains delivering an average flow of 11.2 million gallons per day, 2,811 fire hydrants, 4,037 valves, and service connections for approximately 23,000 customers. Distribution employees are on call 24 hours per day, 365 days of the year to ensure a continuous supply of safe drinking water.