Address: 5661 Perkins Road,
Bedford Heights, Ohio 44146

Phone Number: 440-786-3200

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Bedford Heights is one of the few communities in Cuyahoga County to have its own Wastewater Treatment Plant. Our plant, maintained by the Water Reclamation Department headed by Director David Pocaro, is an activated sludge plant with tertiary treatment with an average daily flow of 2.5 million gallons, producing clean water that meets Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, and is discharged via local streams into Lake Erie. The Robert Williford Wastewater Plant, named for the city's first Mayor, is located at 25301 Solon Road. Manned 24-7, the usual workday is from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The phone number is (440) 439-5343.

The City's plant services properties of Bedford Heights as well as some neighboring communities who pay user fees for the service via our facility. The service outreach includes portions of:

  • City of Warrensville Heights
  • Village of Oakwood
  • Village of Glenwillow
  • City of Solon
Sewer Fee The City can treat sewage from other communities for a fee, thus helping to produce revenue for the City. The City charges one of the lowest sewer rates in Cuyahoga County. The City charges less than the Regional District that serves most of Northeast Ohio and, although the City reviews the fees from time to time, the City continues to charge less than surrounding communities that have their own plants. The City's special Homestead sewer rate for senior citizens is one of the lowest in Cuyahoga County. To qualify you must apply to Cleveland water and be approved for the Cleveland Water Homestead Rate. The City does not have to charge extra property taxes to clean sanitary sewers and storm sewers. This work is done internally by City crews.

The rate charges for each thousand cubic feet (mcf) of sanitary sewer service for the various user classes are hereby established to be in force and effect for the second full consumption quarter following January 1, 2012, as follows:

Bedford Heights Sewer Call Service Guidelines
Bedford Heights Sewer Rate Schedule for 2016-2018
Mercury Disposal
Prescription Drug (pills only) Drop Off
Typical Residential Sewer System

Such service is available when the drain is completely blocked, disabling usage. The service includes sinks, bathtubs, toilets and drains leading from the home to the street. Homeowners should call the department for assistance with such needs ,so that a work crew can be dispatched for their assistance as efficiently as possible. For best availability, residents should call early in the day so that sewer crew members will be available to service them. In the event such service needs arise outside regular departmental work hours, an employee is on site (maintaining the plant) to take your call. He will refer the information to the Director or otherwise appointed person who will assess the emergency and decide how best to proceed.
In the event the service call falls outside the parameters of the service outreach as the City is able to perform it, the City is in most cases still able to help homeowner with identification of the specific problem, saving time and money and thus aiding in the ultimate resolution of the problem for the homeowner. Call (440) 232-8832 for assistance.

Where does Wastewater Come From?

Homes- human and household wastes from toilets, sinks, baths and drains
Industry, schools & businesses - chemical and other wastes from factories, food service operations, shopping centers, etc.
Storm runoff and groundwater - water that collects in street drains during a storm, as well as groundwater that enters through cracks in sewers
On the average, each person in the United States contributes 50-100 gallons of wastewater every day!
How do Treatment Plants Protect Our Water?
Removes solids - This includes everything from litter and sticks to sand and smaller particles found in wastewater.
Removes organic matter and pollutants - Helpful bacteria and other microorganisms are used to consume matter in wastewater. The bacteria and microorganisms are then separated from the water.
Restores Oxygen- Treatment facilities help ensure that the water put back into our lakes or rivers has enough oxygen to support life.
While lakes and streams clean water in much the same way, wastewater treatment plants are faster and can handle more water. This makes treatment plants essential in areas where there is too much wastewater for nature handle alone.

How Can I Improve Wastewater Treatment?

You can help in many ways...for example:
  1. Disposing of household products safely. Do not pour solvents, pesticides, paint thinners, engine oil or household cleaning products with hazardous chemicals down the drain or into storm sewers. Recycle them at the Public Service garage during designated months or at other hazardous waste collection sites. Use fertilizers and pesticides carefully and only as directed. Try to find safe alternatives to products that can harm water supplies.
  2. Supporting your local Treatment Plant. Be aware of your Treatment Plant's efforts to provide clean water and honor its guidelines. If requested, help make sure that it has the funding, equipment and personnel to get the job done. Visit the local Treatment Plant (as opportunities allow). Ask what special problems it must solve and what you can do to help.
  3. Being Informed. Learn about your local water supplies (the line as it flows) and any possible threats they may face. Know what your community is doing to protect your water supplies. Help other citizens be aware and therefore compliant to the needs and importance of clean water in your community.
  4. Using Water Wisely. Practice water conservation at home and at work. Fix leaks and install water saving devices and appliances. Be aware of how much water you use in your household. Do not take this valuable resource for granted.

Items featured in For Your Information to this point are from “About Wastewater Treatment” prepared by the Northeastern Ohio Regional Sewer District.

Bedford Heights residential homeowners may call the Water Reclamation Department in the event they need assistance with residential sewer lines from the house to the street, free of charge.

Public Works



The City of Bedford Heights has a long and proud heritage in the extension of public service initiatives within the City. Even in its earliest years, named "The Service City" consecutive administrations have prioritized and utilized a premier service extension both in municipal extension and community outreach.

The Public Works/Service Division hosts its headquarters at 25401 Solon Road in Bedford Heights. Under the leadership of Director Nick Baucco (440-232-8832) the Department of Public Service does an outstanding outreach within the community, not limited to:

  • Free leaf removal
  • Landscaping municipal grounds features such as flags, planters, flower baskets
  • Overseeing recycling initiatives
  • Snow plowing
  • Street maintenance
  • Table and chair loan
  • Truck loan initiative

To most efficiently serve the community in this extensive outreach many of the above initiatives are seasonal programs. Contact the Public Service Director at 440-232-8832 for further information on program parameters. Notice that there are additional postings on this web page for your convenience.

Mercury Disposal
Trash Disposal and Curbside Recycling (click link)

Failure to follow this policy especially, but not limited to, premature placement of garbage curbside can lead to the resident being fined for noncompliance. For questions contact the Department of Public Service at 440-232-8832.

Tool Loan Program

Wanting Bedford Heights homeowners to have every advantage of maintaining strong property values, the City of Bedford Heights has been proud to continue a Tool Loan Program which allows residents to access tools they may only seldom need or perhaps to accommodate residents when your own are not functioning. Tools are offered on an as available basis for a period of 24 hours. Proper identification, proof of residency and payment of a refundable deposit are required. To reserve a tool, or to check on the availability of a tool, please call the Public Service Garage at 440-232-8832. Hours of operation are - Tuesday and Friday 7:30 am - 10:30 am and 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Please be mindful that the loan of lawn mowers is limited to once a month per resident and per household. This is in order to ensure fairness in the process and to retain quality equipment for use by everyone. This program is considered to be a helping hands program to assist Bedford Heights residents during times of emergency.

Tools are carefully maintained and serviced and consequently the city asks participants to use care and return tools clean, on time and with regard for the needs of fellow community members.

Tool Loan Program Loan Fee
1 Appliance dolly $75.00
1 Axe 10.00
2 Extension Ladders 75.00
2 Hedge Trimmers 25.00
5 Lawn Mowers 50.00
4 Leaf Blowers  
2-Handheld 50.00
2-On wheels 75.00
2 Post Hole Diggers 20.00
3 Rotofillers 100.00
1 Sledge Hammer 10.00
4 Thatchers 100.00
2 Tree Trimmers 25.00
2 Wheel Barrows 25.00
2 Weed Eaters (electric) 25.00

Free Branch Clipping From mid-spring to mid-fall, the City of Bedford Heights Department of Public Service offers free branch chipping to residents. The branch chipper normally operates on Columbus Road and streets to the North on Mondays. Service is provided to streets South of Columbus Road on Tuesdays. Branches from trees and shrubs should be orderly placed on tree lawns for chipping on these respective days. Branches should not be tied. The cut ends should be placed facing toward the curb. Dirt and other debris should be removed from the roots of shrubs and piles for collection. Household trash, rope, wire and other foreign materials should not be mixed in with branches.

As with its recycling and rubbish removal, the city expects residents' careful compliance with the parameters of this program. Branches are not to be left over a period of days prior to pickup.

Animal Control

For problems with larger animals such as domestic animals, or skunks and raccoons, residents need to inquire about the service of the Animal Warden via the Police Department (non-emergency number) 440-786-3222.

Table/Chair Loan

Our Department of Public Service has 40 rectangular tables ($10/table deposit required) and 230 ($5/chair deposit required) folding chairs to assist residents' special event needs. These can be loaned to residents for use within the City exclusively. A refundable deposit, proper identification and proof of residency are required. The City requests that program participants follow parameters of the program and return all borrowed items within the agreed upon time and in good condition. Please take care not to leave these items where they will be subject to inclement weather or where their security cannot be assured.

For reserving or further information, please contact 440-232-8832. Abuse of the program parameters will result in forfeiture of deposit, non-renewal of program accessibility or other action as deemed appropriate by the City.

Hazardous Liquid Removal

Flammable liquids and gases, motor oil, paint, insecticides and other hazardous liquids such as acids and chemicals cannot be disposed of with regular household trash. Whenever possible, these materials should be used up rather than disposed of in the trash. When disposal of such items is necessary, please contact the Public Service garage to determine a legal and safe option for disposal. The City of Bedford Heights has teamed up with the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District to offer a year-round household hazardous roundup. Residents can drop off their items at the service garage (25401 Solon Road) between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm Monday thru Friday.

Disposal of such items in waterways or the sewer line is especially prohibited. (Further, no other objects, animals or substances beyond normal run-off waters are to enter the sewer/water lines). City Ordinances protect against abuse of such environmental and safety concerns.

Leaf Collection

Our Public Service Department offers free curbside leaf collection for homeowners during the fall. Leaves should be raked out to the tree lawn near the street and left loose in a pile. Yard waste, branches and any kind of household trash should not be mixed in with the leaves as it takes city workers longer to vacuum leaves and may cause damage to city equipment and may therefore necessitate the city's unavailability to service your household. Do not place leaves in the street or in gutters as this can cause them to do damage or cause accidents. Do not "mash" leaves down with cars or saturate with garden hoses as this makes leaves difficult to remove. Leaf pickup will be posted in the community to identify the program dates of service. Leaf pickup is expected to begin mid-October - through the time the "snow flies".

Truck Loan

The City has a 1-ton dump truck that can be loaned out overnight to help dispose of non-hazardous building materials that cannot be picked up by our private waste hauler. Residents have found this a uniquely helpful option particularly if personally doing any home remodeling with no other means to remove the abundance of material from the home. To keep this program in operation, a fee of $45.00 to cover the disposal cost of the material is passed on to the resident participant. Trucks are loaned as available for overnight use from mid-April through mid-October when not otherwise needed to service the community in the snow season. If residents wish to reserve a truck, City workers will deliver it to their home, lock it up for the night, and then pick it up the next morning after they have loaded their construction debris. This service is available for the personal use of residential homeowners only. Contractors and builders are responsible for finding their own means of trash disposal. Participants are expected to comply with the parameters of this initiative or be subject to consequence.

For further information, or to reserve a truck, please call the Public Service garage at 440-232-8832.


The City of Bedford Heights runs an aggressive road repair program and a conscientious maintenance initiative. The City is also consistently in pursuit of grant money to maximize community improvement opportunities. For example from 1999 to 2003, only 20% of what was spent on street repair was from Bedford Heights dollars while 75% was from State and Federal Funds and 5% was from special grant programs.

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Message from the Mayor

2016 State of the City Address