The Rural Lorain County Water Authority (RLCWA) is one of the largest and most successful rural water systems ever constructed in the United States. RLCWA provides water service to approximately 150,000 people in a 520-square-mile area immediately southwest of Cleveland, Ohio. This service area includes Lorain County, as well as portions of Medina County, Ashland County, Erie County and Huron County, Ohio.
In the early 1970s, GRW provided planning, computer hydraulic analysis and engineering design services to create the RLCWA. Since that time, GRW has assisted with every expansion of the Rural Lorain County Water Authority system now includes 19 pressure zones, 18 storage tanks, 14 pumping stations and more than 1,200 miles of water mains.
A few of the RLCWA projects completed by GRW include:
- 10 MGD North Ridgeville Booster Pumping Station
- 12 MGD Miller Road Booster Pump Station
- 24-Inch Cross County "Western" Transmission Main
- Ashland/Nankin Village Water Mains
- Cinnamon Lake Water System Improvements
- Foster Road and Grafton-Eastern Road Water System Improvements
- Grafton Water Tank Rehabilitation
- Kipton-Birmingham Water System Improvements
- LaGrange and Columbia Water Tank Rehabilitations
- SR 301 and SR 57 Water Mains Extensions
- Geographic Information System (entire water distribution system)
- GIS-based WaterGems Computer Hydraulic Model (entire water distribution system)