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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

As part of our Collection System Rehabilitation project, Layne Inliner, LLC will be working along Victory Drive closing approximately 300ft of the right-hand southbound lane beginning Thursday, April 20, 2017.  Pending any unforeseen delays, this work is expected to be completed on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

Please see the map below detailing the affected traffic lane.

Victory Drive

We appreciate the community’s understanding and patience while we work to complete this project. 

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Dont Flush

Did you know that flushing the wrong things down your toilet or pouring them down your drain can be extremely costly and cause damage to your home, neighborhood and city? Keep reading to find out how…

Every time you use your toilet, shower, washing machine, garbage disposal or dishwasher, wastewater leaves your home through pipes that connect to the Columbus Water Works’ sewer system. When the wrong items are flushed or poured down your drain, it can cause sewer backup in your home, sewer releases to the environment and damage our water system. This would have a major impact on many and cost us all a great deal of money to repair the damage.

So, what can you do to help prevent such an ordeal from happening? You can be mindful of what you flush down your toilet, pour down your drain and take responsibility with us for the protection of our sewer system. Below is a list of products that should not be flushed (nor poured), because they do not dissolve in your drains and clog pipes and pumps.

  • Paper Towels/Rags Diapers

  • Disinfecting Wipes/Baby

  • Wipes Disposable Wipes/Products

  • Cat Liter

  • Food Products

  • Mop Refills

  • Dental Floss

Lastly, remember the 3 P’s, which are the only things you should flush down your toilet. They are:

  • Pee

  • Poo

  • Paper (Toilet)

Watch our “What Not to Flush” video here.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Fix a Leak

Thank You for attending the Fix-a-leak Week event last week at The Home Depot. We had a great turn out and enjoyed being able to talk with everyone who attended the event.  In addition to the customers who visited us at The Home Depot, there were also several customers who stopped by the information table at our Main office. 

If you were unable to stop by and visit us, we will be able to answer your questions at our Open House Event on May 13.  Follow the link for information on the Open House Event.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Columbus Water Works invites you to join us for our Fix-a-Leak Week event on Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 10am until 2pm at The Home Depot, 2891 Sowega Drive in Columbus.  We will be handing out information on the importance of detecting and fixing leaks to help you become responsible water users and save money on your water bill.  We will also be giving out free water leak detection kits (while supplies last) to assist you in your efforts to save water.

Fix-a-Leak Week is an annual event sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program.  Columbus Water Works is a proud partner of this program, committed to educating our customers on the importance of responsible water use and how much of a difference repairing even the smallest water leak can make.  For example, did you know that a faucet dripping at a rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water in one year?  One small, easy fix can save a lot of money and water, if repaired immediately.

To learn more, come see us Thursday at The Home Depot and become a leak detective!

If you cannot make it on Thursday, we will have information available all week, March 20 thru March 24 at our main office located at 1421 Veterans Parkway.

For more information on WaterSense, its partners and other programs please visit: https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

As part of our ongoing sewer line maintenance program, Columbus Water Works has a current project underway in the Lakebottom area along Cherokee Avenue. This project involves identifying and removing tree roots from sanitary sewer lines, which will prevent backups and overflows in the sewer system.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Layne Inliner, LLC will be relining the sanitary sewer lines that required root removal.  The new liner will rehabilitate the sewer lines and prevent the tree roots from re-entering the line.  During this time, approximately 550 feet of southbound traffic will be limited to one lane along Cherokee Avenue, just north of Garrard Street.

Please see the map below showing the affected traffic lane. Pending any unforeseen delays, this work is expected to be completed by Friday, April 7, 2017.

As part of this project, pumping equipment will remain in place to ensure the reliability of sewer services for customers in the area.  For the safety of pedestrians, some areas near this equipment and around the road closure areas are identified as having restricted or limited access.  We appreciate the community’s understanding and patience while we work to complete this project.  Our goal is to restore the park area for full public use as quickly and as safely as possible.

lane closure map

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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Columbus Water Works announced today that the Georgia Department of Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has lifted the drought declaration affecting Muscogee County.  The EPD cited improved groundwater and improved stream flow levels for the removal of the drought restriction requirements.  The drought restrictions were issued on November 16, 2016, due to below normal rainfall conditions, resulting in low stream flow levels over the past several months.

Muscogee County is one of 55 counties which have been removed from the Levels 1 and 2 Drought Response in place since November 2016 and now are designated as non-drought.  The removal of the drought restrictions permits CWW customers to return to non-drought outdoor watering regulations outlined in the 2010 Georgia Water Stewardship Act.  Under this regulation, outdoor watering is permitted daily between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.

“We commend the residents of Columbus and the surrounding areas for complying with the restrictions and supporting conservation to use water wisely during our drought,” said Columbus Water Works’ President, Steve Davis.  “The development of drought-resilient water resources and a sustained emphasis on water-use efficiency means that Columbus Water Works will continue to have a safe and reliable water supply for future generations.”

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Columbus Water Works will be replacing a 30-inch sewer main traveling along the South Lumpkin Road Roundabout.  This work will require the area to be closed to all traffic for three (3) weeks. Construction will begin on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.  Pending any unforeseen delays, the roundabout is scheduled to re-open on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

During construction, all traffic will be detoured to bypass the closed roundabout, utilizing Fort Benning Road. Detour signage will be prominently displayed along the entire route. See the below map of the detour for more information.

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 Detour Map

Monday, February 06, 2017
Oxbow Meadows LakeThe Columbus Water Works, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center and Southeastern Lake Management worked with Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission to collect Christmas Trees after the holiday season.  The collected trees are being given new life, as they provide a healthy habitat for the fish in Oxbow Meadow’s lake.

Roughly three (3) years ago, we discovered that the lake had nearly been taken over by duckweed and other invasive species of grass.  In an effort to correct this issue, Southeastern Lake Management was brought in to remove the grass from the lake.  During this process, Columbus State University and other local school students were able to test the lake for water quality and learn more about the diverse flora and fauna.  Although their efforts to remove these invasive plants have been successful, adequate cover for the fish was also removed.  The significant reduction of cover created an issue for the fish. Smaller fish had no cover and hunting became exhaustive for predatory fish.  By re-using recycled Christmas trees to provide the needed cover, we hope to restore a healthier habitat.


On January 31, 2017, approximately 200 recycled Christmas trees were attached to cement blocks anchoring them vertically in the water and scattered throughout the lake.  Additional studies are scheduled for later this year to determine the success of this project.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Columbus Water Works, Keep Columbus Beautiful and the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department would like to say THANK YOU to all those who came out and supported the Grease and Pharmaceutical Recycling Event on Saturday, January 14, 2017.  The response from the public was outstanding! The 305 people who came out to see us on Saturday dropped off 350 gallons of cooking grease and 593 pounds of old medications!!  Those who participated demonstrated the willingness and personal effort to do their part in helping us protect the environment.

We would also like to give a special thank you to K-Mart on Airport Thruway and K-Mart on Macon Road for allowing us to utilize your property for the recycling event.

We all can be environmental stewards by supporting programs such as these to keep pollutants out of the sanitary sewer system and, in turn, out of our natural environment.


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Monday, January 16, 2017
mlkDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the world’s most prominent civil rights leaders. He is responsible for championing the cause of equality and justice for African Americans during the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement. His approach of nonviolence and civil disobedience, including boycotts, sit-ins, and marches, were effective in driving change in U.S. legislation, which would improve the quality of life for African Americans. 

Beyond the advancement of African Americans, Dr. King had a vision of a truly united nation regardless of race or skin color. In his infamous “I Have A Dream” speech, delivered on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, he stated this vision by proclaiming that one day “little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” He believed that love and unity was a stronger force than hatred and division.


In remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy, let’s love one another regardless of our differences. Let’s unite as Americans in declaration of equality and justice for all.


Columbus Water Works wishes you well as you celebrate this important day. In honor of Dr. King, our offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017. Emergency Crews will be available, if you have a leak or other water related emergencies, please call 706-649-3400.

To learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his efforts to bring change during the Civil Rights Movement, visit http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/martin-luther-king-jr

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Thursday, January 05, 2017
Columbus Water Works and the Columbus Consolidated Government have established a detour (see map below) around the collapsed section of the Riverwalk located approximately 150 yards north of Bulldog Bait and Tackle behind the National Civil War Naval Museum and in proximity to Rotary Park.  We ask that pedestrians and bikers continue to avoid the restricted area until the Riverwalk is repaired, as the safety of our citizens is still our primary consideration.  Our goal is to restore the Riverwalk for public use as quickly and as safely as possible.
Riverwalk Detour
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Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Due to heavy rains over the past two days, a section of the Chattahoochee River bank on the Riverwalk has collapsed.  This area of failure is located approximately 150 yards north of Bulldog Bait and Tackle (behind the Confederate Naval Museum and in proximity to Rotary Park).

With the safety of our citizens as our primary consideration, this area of the Riverwalk has been closed and pedestrians and bikers are asked to avoid this area until further notice.  Columbus Water Works has initiated coordination efforts with the Columbus Consolidated Government to establish a temporary by-pass detour until the repair to this area is completed.  Our goal is to restore the Riverwalk for public use as quickly and as safely as possible.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas is a joyous occasion that we look forward to each year. The holiday is celebrated with family and friends through the use of food, music, and most importantly giving. It allows us to serve others with acts of kindness and generosity.

Selfless acts of love shown during Christmas can make a difference in the lives of others. Many people are depressed during this time as they long for family members who are no longer with us and others are worried about their financial ability to provide for their loved ones.

You can make an impact in their lives by spending time with those who are alone, helping poor families with gifts for their children, and volunteering at an outreach center such as a homeless shelter. There are many organizations within your community who help facilitate these efforts to give back. Organizations included are local churches, the Salvation Army, and the United Way. Your local newspapers will also keep you informed on ways you can help serve during this holiday season.


Each year, we decorate our North Columbus Water Resources Facility on River Road for Christmas.  If you are in the neighborhood, please drive by and take a look at our Christmas lights.


Also, do not forget to save your holiday cooking grease and bring it to one of our eight drop off locations or to our Grease Recycling and Pharmaceutical Disposal event on January 14!


Columbus Water Works wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope the New Year brings you great fortune! Enjoy!
For the Christmas holiday, our offices will be closed on Friday, December 23, and Monday, December 26, 2016. For the New Year’s holiday, we will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017. Emergency Crews will be available, if you have a leak or other water related emergencies, please call 706-649-3400.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Columbus Water Works recognizes that proper maintenance of our infrastructure is important so that we can provide cost-effective and reliable services to our community.  One essential element of our comprehensive maintenance program is the cleaning and lining of water lines.

Beginning on Friday, December 16th, Columbus Water Works’ contractor, Mainlining, LLC will be replacing a defective six-inch water line valve at the intersection of Veterans Parkway and 8th Street.  This work will involve closing off the southbound turn lane and the northbound left lane on Veterans Parkway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The contractor will then continue their cleaning and lining work along 8th Street between Veterans Parkway and 6th Avenue.  During this time, the northbound right lane on Veterans Parkway between 7th Street and 9th Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Pending any unforeseen conditions, emergency or weather delays, all work is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20th.

Columbus Water Works employs many maintenance and rehabilitation programs, such as this cleaning and lining project, to prolong the life and productivity of our infrastructure and prevent water line breaks.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Throughout the country there has been rising concern over people posing as utility employees to gain access to a person’s home, business, or banking information.  At the Columbus Water Works (CWW) we take this very seriously, as security is extremely important to us.  So, we created a list of things you, our customer, should know to help identify if you are really dealing with an employee of CWW.

  1. All CWW Employees have a Photo ID Badge identifying their name and employee number.  If you are uncertain of their validity, please ask to see their Badge.  If you are still unsure if they work for CWW, please call 706-649-3400 to speak with a customer service representative to verify their ID Badge and number and if they are assigned to be at your residence.
  2. If there is work being done near your home, a CWW employee may knock on your door to notify you of the work and any disruptions to service, otherwise employees will only come to your home if prior arrangements have been made (investigations, meter installations, etc.).
  3. CWW employees will not come to your home asking for personal information or money.
  4. CWW does not contact customers asking them to make immediate payments over the phone to avoid disconnection of services.  If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to work at the Columbus Water Works asking for immediate payment on your account, please report the issue to the authorities.

Friday, November 18, 2016
Thanksgiving
It is a blessing to share the experiences of life with the people who mean the most to us. However, due to the busy nature of our lives, we do not always have the time to let them know how much we appreciate them. Hence, Thanksgiving, a special day set aside to express our gratitude.


Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the people who are important to us by expressing our thankfulness for how they have affected us. We have the opportunity to withdraw from the cares of the world and spend quality time with them. By simply speaking the words “thank you,” we recognize the contributions they have made in our lives. These words of gratitude affirm the love we have for them and emphasize the value we place on our relationships.

Columbus Water Works wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving Day! Thank you for all of your support in our efforts to provide you with a safe and reliable drinking water supply system for you and your families.

In recognition of Thanksgiving Day, our offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25. We will re-open Monday, November 28, 2016. Emergency Crews will be available, if you have a leak or other water related emergencies, please call 706-649-3400.

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Richard Dunn, Director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of the Department of Natural Resources has placed Muscogee County in Drought Advisory Level One, due to continued dry weather conditions and above-average temperatures.

The Drought Advisory is the first of three drought levels outlined in GA EPD Rule 391-3-30 and recommends voluntary water conservation by water users. Columbus Water Works (CWW) has a comprehensive Drought Management Plan, which establishes a progressive program for preserving the water supply as required by the EPD.  CWW will continue to monitor and provide updates if the drought status changes.

“The lack of widespread precipitation and high temperatures across Muscogee County during the past few months have resulted in increased drought conditions,” said Steve Davis, President of Columbus Water Works. “We are asking the community to use water wisely during this time.  Responsible water use can help maintain our water supply levels.”

Drought Advisory Level 1 outdoor water use allows daily watering for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants only between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. by anyone whose water is supplied by a water system permitted by the EPD.

“We want to be proactive in making the community aware of increased drought conditions and ask customers to be mindful of water use,” explained Steve Davis. “Under Level One, customers may continue outdoor water use between 4 P.M. and 10 A.M.”

Columbus Water Works will continue monitoring the drought conditions and work collectively with the State to protect the water supply and other uses of the Chattahoochee River.

Click here to view a map of Drought Levels for Counties in Georgia.

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Friday, November 11, 2016
Veterans Day

American soldiers play an important role in preserving our nation’s freedom. These men and women are sacrificing their lives to ensure our security. Through their commitment, we can enjoy the privileges that we have each day as American citizens, which is why we celebrate Veterans Day.


Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day. It was established to remember the day of November 11, 1918 on the 11th hour, in which the Allied nations (the United States, France, Great Britain, Russia, and Italy) and their opponent Germany decided to temporarily end the hostilities between each other during World War I.


Later, following the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day to honor American veterans of all wars. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation for the holiday on June 1, 1954.


At this time, Columbus Water Works would like to say thank you to all American soldiers who have fought and those who are currently fighting hard for our country. We appreciate your efforts, as well as your families support for you while you are dedicated to service.


Happy Veterans Day!


To learn more about why we celebrate Veterans Day, visit http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/history-of-veterans-day


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Monday, November 07, 2016
Columbus Water Works recognizes that proper maintenance of our infrastructure is important so that we can provide cost-effective and reliable services to our community.  One essential element of our comprehensive maintenance program is the inspection and rehabilitation of water lines. 
Beginning on November 9, approximately 10,000 linear feet of water lines between 6th Street and 10th Street, traveling north and south and between Front Avenue and 5th Avenue, traveling east and west will undergo scheduled maintenance.  Due to the size and complexity of this project, work is expected to take approximately 120 days.  Pending any unforeseen emergencies or weather delays, work is scheduled to be completed in March 2017.

Our contractor, Spinello, Inc. will begin this project on Wednesday, November 9th.   Work is scheduled to occur Monday through Friday between the hours 8 am and 4 pm.  At this time, no road closures are expected.  Security barriers and signage will be in place to ensure the safety of pedestrians and reduce the disruption of the traffic flow. 

Columbus Water Works employs many maintenance and rehabilitation programs, such as this cleaning and lining project, to prolong the life and productivity of our infrastructure and prevent water line breaks.


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Friday, November 04, 2016

Columbus Water Works’ contractor, Layne Liner, LLC will be relining sanitary sewer lines at the intersection of Manchester Expressway and Earline Avenue.  They will be utilizing a rehabilitation process called Cured-In-Place lining.  This is a process of placing a cement-like substance designed to coat the interior walls of the sewer line, thereby extending the useful life of the line.

Preparation work will begin on Monday, November 7th with the lining work to begin Wednesday, November 9th between the hours of 7pm and 7am. During these hours, eastbound traffic on Manchester Expressway and northbound traffic along Earline Avenue will be limited to one lane.  Security barriers, lighting and signage will be in place to ensure the safety of pedestrians and reduce the disruption of the traffic flow.  Pending any unforeseen emergencies or weather delays, work is expected to be completed by Friday, November 11, 2016. 

Columbus Water Works employs many maintenance programs, such as this sewer main lining project, to prolong the life and productivity of our infrastructure, facilities and the quality of service provided to our customers. These rehabilitation projects help extend the life of the wastewater infrastructure and prevent sewer line breaks.

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