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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Columbus Water Works Help The HoochColumbus Water Works is a proud member of this community. We partner with Keep Columbus Beautiful and other organizations to support several programs that enhance our way of life. One of the programs is the Annual Help-the-Hooch and Watershed Festival. This program started 25 years ago as a clean-up project.

The first year, we had over 500 volunteers working to clean up the Chattahoochee River and Riverwalk. This past year we had over 11,000 volunteers and were recognized as the single largest clean-up project in Georgia, encompassing Muscogee County, Harris County, Ft. Benning and Russell County in Alabama. Volunteers in the Chattahoochee Valley area have been working hard to help protect our water, which is the most precious resource we have.

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of our volunteers, Keep Columbus Beautiful has decided to offer both virtual and in-person ways of participation for Help-the-Hooch October 2-3, 2020. This year, there will be more than 20 cleanup locations throughout a 100-mile radius.

Registration for Help-the-Hooch is now open! Sign your team up today to help clean the Chattahoochee River.

Here are a few things to consider when registering your team:
  1. There will only be 10 volunteers allowed per location and group
  2. Prior to the event each group must watch the safety guidelines video
  3. Group must wear mask and gloves at all times
  4. Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied and supervised by an adult
For more information, contact Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission at 706-653-4008 or click here to visit the website.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020
9-11On September 11, 2001, the United States suffered a great tragedy when four planes were hijacked and deliberately flown into two important buildings: the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. This attack claimed over 3,000 lives and more than 400 police officers and firefighters. The courage displayed by these first responders saved the lives of many Americans.

As the towers of the World Trade Center collapsed, our first responders were determined to rescue as many people as possible. They diligently searched for missing people, treated the wounded, and cleared the rubble so life could move forward. Without their bravery, we would have lost many more lives.  The selflessness displayed that day and the weeks to follow showed the world America’s strength and compassion. 

On December 18, 2002, President Bush signed a resolution into law proclaiming September 11 as Patriot Day. On this day each year, our nation joins together to honor the lives lost. Although Patriot Day is not a federal holiday, the United States joins together at 8:46 a.m. marking the time the first plane flew into the World Trade Center with special church services, prayers and moments of silence. In addition, flags are flown at half-staff as a mark of respect.

We encourage the community to join us in a moment of silence on Friday, September 11 at 8:46 a.m. in remembrance of those who lost their lives and for those who risked their lives for one another during this tragedy.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2020
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Many Americans today celebrate Labor Day without realizing the real meaning behind this monumental holiday.  Did you know that Labor Day is a day paying tribute to our ancestors who transformed working conditions in our country?  Their struggles and sacrifices not only shaped our country’s workforce regulations, it also propelled our industrial advances allowing the United States of America to be the prosperous nation we are today.

Their struggle was significant and the workers had finally had enough in the late 1800’s when they joined together to form workers unions.  Together they fought for safer working conditions, reasonable pay and reasonable working hours.  As a result of their bravery, we no longer have children working in factories.  Companies are required to ensure safety precautions are made while we do our tasks. We have set guidelines for the number of hours we work each week and minimum pay requirements preventing employers from paying us less than livable wages. 

After the peak of the protests in 1894, the federal government passed an act acknowledging Labor Day as an official holiday.  The holiday was declared in attempts to mend the strained relationships between the workers, the government and the industries.

This year, while you celebrate with your families, please remember the hardships and sacrifices they made to make our country a better place to work and live.

The pandemic may cause our celebrations to be different than normal. As you gather, we urge you to continue to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  If you need a face covering, check out our blog and learn how you can make your own.  

In honor of the hard work and dedication of our ancestors, the Columbus Water Works will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2020.  If you have a water related emergency during this time, please call 706-649-3400. Emergency Crews will be available. 
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