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Thursday, May 21, 2015

RECAP: "It's kind of amazing what exists under a manhole cover." #FollowTheFlow

In a whirlwind of scents, sludge, and sights seen by few other eyes, Infrastructure Week last week allowed visitors and followers an underground behind-the-scenes look at the sewers that help make clean water possible.

"It's kind of amazing what exists under a manhole cover," as WCPN's Anne Glausser put it as she peered down the century-old depths of a brick-and-mortar sewer line. And those are the reactions our #FollowTheFlow events were designed to inspire.

Monday, May 18, 2015

NOTICE: Our administrative offices are closed today

Due to localized fire damage on the 4th floor of the George J. McMonagle Administration Building around 1:00 last night, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's administration building will be closed today, May 18, 2015.

No injuries were sustained. We are in the process of assessing damage and are ventilating the building throughout the day.

All other facilities will remain open and essential staff are required to report to work. Please contact your supervisor if you have any questions regarding your requirements.

If you have functions or meetings scheduled for the GJM Building Monday, May 18, please check with your meeting coordinator to reschedule or confirm other arrangements.

We are expected to be open as usual tomorrow, May 19, 2015. We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

PHOTO: This is why. / #InfrastructureWeek #FollowTheFlow

And this Instagram caption is exactly why #InfrastructureWeek is fascinating.

The interplay of everyday structures you see and systems you don't, including the unnamed professionals who create and maintain them, are intricate works of both art and function. Sometimes it's a new perspective that opens eyes to that unappreciated reality.

A photo posted by Follow My Blog: (@om) on

#FollowTheFlow during #InfrastructureWeek as we tweet and Instagram @neorsd. You can also follow @RebuildRenew and @TheValueofWater

Thursday, May 7, 2015

#SmallBizWeek: Honoring the entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses, big opportunities

"We want to say thank you."

Benjamin Holbert's simple statement May 6 kicked of the Sewer District's first-ever Small Business Week reception to acknowledge the more than 140 small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses that we worked with in 2014.

Holbert is the District's Business Outreach Coordinator working in Contract Compliance.

The event was coordinated by the @neorsd Business Opportunity Program as part of National Small Business Week. The Business Opportunity Program certifies M/W/SBEs to promote greater opportunities for doing business on District projects.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WATCH: Oscar-nominated director's toilet paper commercials will make you laugh. And paranoid.

What do you get when the twice-Academy-Award-nominated director of "Capote" and "Moneyball" makes toilet paper commercials?


These creative spots for Quilted Northern toilet paper were directed by Bennett Miller, and his approach peers through the unblinking eyes of inanimate objects commonly found in bathrooms everywhere. What do they see? Everything.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

BUSINESS: Huge investments, small businesses, and local success stories #SmallBizWeek

Infrastructure that lasts beyond a generation is a huge investment. Few often realize it's small businesses that help make it possible.

This week is National Small Business Week, and we join local voices in support of small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses that contribute to our Northeast Ohio economy.

"I’m very proud of the effort the Sewer District has made to engage and attract small businesses," said Tiffany Jordan, Sewer District Manager of Contract Compliance. "Just last year, more than $45 million has been paid to local small businesses, which includes Minority-owned, Women-owned and Small Business Enterprises."

Monday, May 4, 2015

SUMMER: Ready for beach season? So are we, Mass Spectrometer and all.

How new technology and capabilities will help us identify toxic algae in Lake Erie using a recently approved EPA method; Sewer District is the first agency to offer these capabilities in Ohio

Consider this the summer of science.

As our daily beach water-quality testing and notification is set to resume in the coming days, we've added a bit of tech to our monitoring capabilities to better evaluate toxic algae threats with warmer months ahead of us. And that's big news for the entire state of Ohio.

Something old, something new

This week, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District resumes daily beach testing at Edgewater, Villa Angela and Euclid Beaches to predict and determine water quality for public notification. Daily testing will continue through September 10.

Monday, April 27, 2015

EVENT: Go underground and behind the scenes as we #FollowTheFlow during Infrastructure Week May 11

"Go with the flow" has a meaning of its own. "Follow the flow" is going to get a little more interesting.

May 11-15 marks the third year for Infrastructure Week, a national celebration of country’s infrastructure systems and the essential role they play in our economy. To celebrate Infrastructure Week 2015, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is planning a week-long series of behind-the-scenes tours for local media and elected officials, and you can #FollowTheFlow with the Sewer District all Infrastructure Week long and trace wastewater’s path from the sewer system to Lake Erie.

Here's what we're planning and we'll be covering it all week long on Twitter, Instagram and Periscope.