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Thursday, June 20, 2019
Summer KidsIf you’re a kid then summer time only means one thing- school is officially out! If you’re a parent, the summer months can be challenging as you try to figure out ways to keep your kids active and entertained. In this blog post, we’ll provide you with information on the best activities available for kids in the local area. From whitewater rafting and mad scientist experiments to wildlife survival classes, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know to keep your kids active this summer.

Whitewater Rafting

Columbus, Georgia is home to a few of the largest rapids east of Colorado and the longest urban whitewater rafting course in the world. Two courses are available each day, the classic and the challenge course. The classic course, ran when the water is lower and the rapids are not as fast, is the perfect choice for the entire family.

Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center

Oxbow Meadows offers plenty of activities for people of all ages throughout the year. The programs are ramped up during the summer when kids are out of school. This year Oxbow Meadows will offer several unique programs like Radical Reptiles, Nature Nuggets, and Kids vs Wild, all of which are sure to be entertaining for your kids. You can view the entire calendar of summer programs here.

Columbus Botanical Gardens

Similar to Oxbow Meadows, the Columbus Botanical Gardens is the place to be for children that love nature and enjoy having outdoor adventures. On Aug. 17, 2019, the Columbus Botanical Gardens will host a Butterfly Release event. More information about the Columbus Botanical Gardens and the Butterfly Release event is available here.

Coca-Cola Space Science Center

The Coca-Cola Space and Science Center offers regular programming throughout the year. Typical programs open to the public are Astronomy Nights, Comic Book & Toy Shows, and the recent Music Under the Dome Series. Periodically, the space center also hosts Astronaut visits!
With all of the summer activities available for kids, the only challenge you’ll face s finding somewhere to go!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Hot weather has returned to Columbus and its bringing people down to the Chattahoochee River. Many Columbus residents spend weekday afternoons and weekends on the river to cool off and to have fun outdoors. Unfortunately, few people realize the dangers associated with swimming and other water sports such as kayaking and rafting.river safety We’ve provided a few tips below on how to stay safe in the river.

Here are seven tips for keeping safe while out on the river:

1.  Know the water temperature
Cold water can be hazardous. While it may be hot outside, water below the surface may be colder than the temperature outside. Keep the water temperature in mind, as the National Center for Cold Water Safety reports that hypothermia can set in quickly.

2.  Wear a life jacket
Inexperienced swimmers and small children should always wear life jackets around water. Experienced swimmers should also consider wearing life jackets when swimming in rivers as currents may be stronger than expected. According to Royal Life Saving, an average of 11 drownings take place every year during water-related activities in creeks and streams.

3.  Never swim alone
Swimming should always happen when a lifeguard is present in groups. Both the YMCA and Respect the River recommend swimming in groups or with a lifeguard present. Further notifying others that aren't with you of your swimming plans may also help to raise the alarm in the case of an emergency.

4.  Stay energized
Be sure to take snack breaks and stay hydrated while you’re actively swimming or rafting on the river. This way, you stay energized and alert and able to respond to any potential emergencies. 

5.  Know your limits
Be familiar with your limits. Swimming in a pool is different than swimming in open water. There may be fast currents or temperature changes in the water to account for. If you do not know your limits, think about starting slow and staying close to the shoreline.

6.  Wear protective equipment
When swimming, rafting or kayaking, wear protective equipment. Raft Masters recommends always wearing a helmet and life jacket when rafting. Life jackets are also recommended when swimming and kayaking as well.

7.  Avoid alcohol and drugs
Stay sober. When swimming or playing in open water, you'll need a clear head to respond to changes in the environment adequately. Alcohol dulls your senses and slows your reaction time, making it difficult to react to changes in the environment.

Now that you know more about staying safe around water; use these tips, and have a great summer!

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Wednesday, June 05, 2019
CCR 2019Quality drinking water is essential in nearly every aspect of life. As a part of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets many water quality regulations to ensure every community has access to clean drinking water.  In addition to regulating the water treatment process and the quality of distributed drinking water, every water provider must provide an annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) to every customer.

The CCR provides vital information about each community’s drinking water and is designed to give community members an understanding of their water quality. The information included in the CCR is the water source, possible contaminants, water quality test results for the previous calendar year, and educational health information.

Columbus Water Works (CWW) is mailing the annual CCR directly to all of our customers this week.  We are pleased to inform you that your drinking water quality is excellent and that CWW is in compliance with all state and federal guidelines for drinking water.  We are committed to delivering high-quality drinking water. We remain vigilant in meeting the challenges of source water protection, water conservation, and community education while continuing to provide safe drinking water to everyone in the community.

When you receive your copy of the 2018 CCR, please take a moment to review the report and see how your drinking water measures up to the regulations.  If you do not receive a copy or would like another copy, you may visit our main office, located at 1421 Veterans Parkway or visit www.cwwga.org to view a digital copy.

To view a digital copy of the 2018 Water Quality Report, click here.
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