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Monday, November 25, 2013
Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful, not necessarily for our material possessions but for family, friends and loved ones.  It is important to take a moment to celebrate each other and say “Thank You”.  As a part of the holiday season, we encourage you to lend a helping hand to others who may be less fortunate through donations or volunteering.  It is amazing the impact we can have by simply lending a helping hand and showing others that we care.  For opportunities to help others in the community, we recommend reaching out to local food banks, charities, or churches.

Columbus Water Works would also like to thank you for all of your support, as we continue to work hard, maintaining a safe and quality drinking water supply for you and your families. 

In recognition of Thanksgiving, our offices will be closed both Thursday and Friday and will re-open Monday, December 2, 2013.
Monday, November 11, 2013
During the holiday season, many families will gather together for meals and celebration.  After the turkey or chicken is cooked, what does your family do with the grease?  Some families seal it in a plastic container and throw it out with the garbage, some save it for future use, and others may pour it down the kitchen drain or toilet. 

OilpanDid you know that even if cooking grease is poured down the drain as a liquid and tap water is run to “wash” it down, it can still clog the sewer line?  Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) are major culprits in clogging up the sewer lines because they slowly harden and will make it difficult for the sewage to flow to the treatment plants.  The toughest part is that these clogs do not only affect the person pouring grease down the drains, it can clog the lines for an entire neighborhood.  As these clogs grow, the wastewater has nowhere to go and can back up into your home or overflow from manholes and end up in our streams and rivers.  When this happens, it can be damaging to the environment.

At the Columbus Water Works (CWW) we value family celebrations and holiday traditions. Fry your turkeys agreasecannd chickens, and enjoy your holidays.  CWW would like to help you dispose of your cooking grease without putting it down the drains, so we are hosting another Grease Recycling Pick-up event where you can bring your cooking grease, and we will handle the rest. All you have to do is collect your old cooking grease, in any container and bring it to one of our Grease Recycling events.  The next event is
January 11, 2014 from 10am to 2pm. (Click here for details)

It is also important to know that FOG is not the only household item that blocks the sewer lines.  Baby wipes, “flushable” wipes, feminine products, and paper towels are just a few other items that can have a strong impact on maintaining a clear sewer system.  If you would like to learn more about what not to flush, please click here.

Grease Disposal Tips:
• You can save your fats, oil, and grease in a household container and bring it to CWW to recycle the grease at no cost to you.  There are two (2) events held every year. Click here for details.
• Mix liquid oils and fats with an absorbent material, such as cat litter or coffee grounds and place it in a sealable container and place in the trashcan.
Holidays
Friday, November 08, 2013
Veterans
Throughout our Nation’s history, we have been blessed to have brave men and women willing to stand up for our freedom.  These service men and women are willing to give up their lives, sacrificing the things that so many of us take for granted.  At the Columbus Water Works, we would like to take a moment and say “Thank You” for your service.  We also thank the families for their support and understanding as they sacrifice so much more than many may realize.

Happy Veterans Day!

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