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Friday, June 18, 2021

Quality 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. This year’s CCR report provides comprehensive testing data from 2020. The information inside the CCR will be provided in two different formats to help with comprehension of the technical information. 

Columbus Water Works (CWW) is mailing the annual CCR directly to all of our customers this upcoming 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 2021 CCR, please take a few minutes 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 
click here to view a digital copy. 


Thursday, June 03, 2021
Summer Kids
This past year has been extremely challenging. School is out, summer is in full swing, and COVID restrictions are winding down as more people are being vaccinated.  We understand that you are likely ready to get out of the house and enjoy our community. To help you locate options that are family-friendly, exciting, and budget-friendly we have compiled the below items.  If you don’t see what you are looking for, we urge you to check out VisitColumbusGA for more ideas.  

  • 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. More information about the Columbus Botanical Gardens and upcoming events click 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!
  • Historic Westville
    Did you know that Westville is now located in Columbus, Georgia? They are now located on South Lumpkin Road and open for visitors.  If you are looking for something fun with an educational twist, check out their programs here.
With all of the summer activities available for kids, the only challenge you’ll face is finding somewhere to go!

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021


When we think of Memorial Day, many of us think about gathering with family, cookouts, and watching fireworks after dark. Memorial Day is much more than socializing; it’s a time to honor those who served our country during times of war. Observed on the last Monday in May, it was created in recognition of the end of the Civil War. Originally, it was known as “Decoration Day” to honor the lives lost fighting the Civil War. During World War I, the holiday evolved to include honoring all soldiers who have served in the military.

The U.S. Congress later established a National Moment of Remembrance, asking Americans to pause in an act of unity for one minute in tribute to those who fought for our freedom. Without the sacrifices of these brave men and women, our country would not be the great nation that we are today. We ask that you remember the many lives lost and join us for a moment of silence at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day.

Click here for more information regarding Memorial Day.

In observance of Memorial Day, Columbus Water Works’ offices will be closed on Monday, May 31, 2021. If you experience a water-related emergency, please call 706-649-3400. Emergency Crews will be available.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Spring is finally here! With Spring comes warmer temperatures, drier days and more time spent outdoors. Maintaining a lawn during this season can be a bit difficult. Not only that, but landscaping on a dry, unhealthy lawn can cause a multitude of issues. Below are a few tips to help you care for your lawn and your landscaping projects this spring.

Remember it’s always a good idea to call BEFORE you begin any mechanized digging on your property. This will ensure that you don’t cause harm to yourself or damage to your property. For more information on call BEFORE you dig, visit Call811.com

 Keeping your lawn healthy:

  1. Mow High: The taller your grass is, the healthier your lawn will be. There is a one-to-one relationship between the height of the grass and the depth of the roots. If you are moving at two inches, you will have two inches of roots. The higher your roots are the less prone they are to drought.
  2. Water when dry: Most grass needs between one and one-an-a-half inches of water per week, especially during the dry months. Water heavily but infrequently (once per week) in the morning to reduce the possibility of a drought.
  3. Vary mowing pattern: Changing your moving pattern ensures that you are not running over the same areas of grass every time you mow. Running over the same areas of grass can cause bald spots and weaken the grass.
  4. Watch the clock or get a timer. Make sure you are watering your lawn responsibly. Over watering or under watering of your lawn can lead to undesirable results. A timer will automatically shut off your sprinkler, which ensures that your lawn will get a proper watering.

Tips for landscaping:

1.      Get a tarp: Use a tarp to move lightweight bulky debris like leaves and weeds. Use it to hold soil when digging a hole, to keep the grass clean.

2.      Use weed fabric: Landscape fabric is useful under gravel or mulch walkways to keep the material from sinking into the soil. Skip the weed barrier fabric in planted areas. Weeds can start growing in the mulch on top of the fabric.

3.      Create an edge: Make a natural edge around the bed instead of buying plastic or metal edging.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Many people today turn on their water faucet and flush their toilets without thinking about the technology behind it or the role that infrastructure plays in the process. Properly maintained infrastructure is essential to providing our community with reliable water service.

Water service doesn’t just stop at the tap - it goes through an intricate system containing pipes, pumps, storage tanks, and treatment facilities before it reaches your faucet. CWW has been providing water to the community for over 100 years and is consistently monitoring our infrastructure to ensure it's up to standards.

Before we dive into how our system operates today, let’s learn a little about the history of our community’s infrastructure.

In 1828 when Columbus, Georgia was established, water was transported from the Leonard Spring to Broad Street, through a series of pine log pipes that were three to four inches in diameter. The pine log pipe water system was constructed by hollowing out the pine logs with red-hot rings. One end of the log was then sharpened to fit into the next and sealed to hold in water. At several intersections along Broad Street, riser pipes with faucets were then installed, and people came with pitchers and buckets, paying five cents per vessel.

After Columbus Water Works was founded in 1902, the pine log pipe systems were then replaced with cast iron pipes which last longer and provide more reliable service.

Overtime, our water system infrastructure has had to evolve to accommodate modern society’s needs. Today, CWW serves the community through both underground and above ground infrastructure.

Below ground, the system has over 1,400 miles of water pipeline and more than 1,180 miles of sewer lines. Above ground, there are 22 water storage tanks, more than 9,250 fire hydrants, 86 sewage pumping stations, 17 water booster pump stations and five major treatment plants. Each of the treatment plants oversee the regulation of a different water source.

  • South Columbus Water Resources Facility - maintains wastewater
  • Fort Benning Water Treatment Plant - maintains safe, regulated drinking water
  • North Columbus Water Resources Facility - maintains safe, regulated drinking water
  • Uptown Park Combined Sewer Treatment Facility - maintains combined sewer treatment
  • South Commons Combined Sewer Treatment Facility - maintains combined sewer treatment

Our staff is committed to monitoring, maintaining and upgrading infrastructure to ensure delivery of reliable, clean water that meets all regulation standards. 
Monday, May 03, 2021
Today is Water Professionals Appreciation Day in Georgia! We are proud of the dedication and demonstrated skill that our water professionals have displayed this past year. Despite the potential health risks of the pandemic, our staff made sure that our community had the safe and reliable services we depend on. 

Follow the links below to learn more about Water Professionals Day, National Drinking Water Week and the services Columbus Water Works provides.

Thank you for trusting Columbus Water Works to supply your drinking water!

For more information about Water Professional Appreciation Day, click here.

For more information about Drinking Water Week, click here.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
For more than 40 years the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. This year's celebration will be May 2-8, 2021. 

Have you ever stopped to think about how many times a day you use water from a faucet? Drinking water refers to the water that comes out of the tap. Americans use drinking water every day, for many activities such as drinking, bathing, cooking, and washing clothes.  The United States has one of the safest drinking water supplies in the world, and it’s important to know how our water gets to your faucet and what makes it safe to use.

Over the last 100 years, many improvements in the health, success, and lifespan of the U.S. population can be linked to improvements in water quality. Providing safe drinking water was one of the most important public health achievements of the 20th century. Water treatment and disinfection (methods to reduce germs or chemicals that cause illness) has helped ensure access to healthy and safe water for millions of Americans.

Government regulations have helped reduce pollution of the bodies of water that supply our drinking water systems over the years. However, treating water to remove or kill contaminants like germs or chemicals is still critical. Contamination of drinking water can occur at multiple points, including:
  • In the original water source (for example, a river)
  • Through inadequate water treatment
  • In storage tanks
  • In drinking water distribution systems (the pipes that carry water to homes, businesses, schools, and other buildings)
Treating water to remove or kill disease-causing contaminants is critical to public health and the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates drinking water quality in public water systems. Every public water system is required to provide its customers with an annual consumer confidence report (CCR), which provides information on local drinking water quality.

In addition, CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network has information and data about some of the most common environmental chemicals that may be found in community water supplies.

For more information on Drinking Water Week, click here.

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Thursday, April 08, 2021
Columbus Water Works (CWW) is proud to share our annual report for 2021 “More Than Water.” Our 2021 Annual Report highlights our commitment to providing our community with clean, safe drinking water during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report provides information on CWW’s Combined Sewer Treatment System 25th anniversary, COVID safety protocols for employees and transitioning to virtual programming. Below you will find a short preview of the information within our 2021 Annual Report. 

Combined Sewer Treatment System
The report begins with the celebration of CWW’s Combined Sewer Treatment System 25th anniversary. December 31, 2020 marked the 25th anniversary of Columbus’ investment of more than $100 million to construct a nationally recognized combined sewer treatment system. This system solved the issue of Combined Sewer Treatment Systems into our river and helped revitalize the downtown area. In 2020, the Columbus River Walk was awarded the People’s Choice Award from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. We are proud to be acknowledged for our treatment facilities in our community.

COVID Operational Changes
Next, we discussed the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on our work environment. At Columbus Water Works, COVID-19 guidelines were put in place to protect our staff and our customers. CWW staff practiced social distancing procedures such as maintaining six feet apart while working, limiting the amount of staff in one vicinity and switching to virtual meetings. Every team member was properly temperature checked before entering the building, plexiglass barriers were installed and sanitation stations were placed throughout our offices. In addition, CWW staff were directed to remain at home under quarantine when feeling symptomatic. Our Laboratory Systems team continued to process an average of 8,100 water and wastewater analysis per month establishing properly regulated drinking water for our customers.

Going Virtual
Being a community partner is a responsibility we value. As with many other organizations, CWW had to learn a new approach to hosting community events and programming. In April 2020, we began holding our monthly Board meetings virtually and invited our customers to join us online. In addition, CWW held our annual United Way Campaign, as well as our first Town Hall meetings, virtually on YouTube. Going virtual challenged us to learn new skills that will allow us to become more efficient with our programming and partnerships in the future.

To view this year’s annual report click here.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

As an organization, we are honored to support our community’s public health, safety, economic stability and environment.  Our dedicated staff works hard to deliver the best possible services, while also working to keep the rates affordable. 

On April 1, the majority of Columbus Water Works customers will incur a minimal increase of 3.75% adding between $1 and $3 to their monthly water bills. These funds will allow us to complete necessary upgrades on key areas of our infrastructure. By performing proper repairs, we can avoid paying emergency costs, which are typically three to five times higher than planned repairs.

As an additional measure to ease the financial burden on our low-income customers, we have increased our low-income credit by $1 bringing the total credit to $8.50 per month. This adjustment will offset a large portion of the rate increase.  If you would like to apply for the low-income credit program, you may call 706-653-4000 to request an application. 

Below are the answers to the most common questions we received about the upcoming rate increase:

Q: How much will this rate increase be?

A: The rate increase will be 3.75% across the board. In other words, the base charge and your usage rates will increase by 3.75%. The majority of our customers will see an approximate increase between $1 and $3 on their monthly water bill.

                The table below compares costs for new residential rates considering most common usages:

*Usage:

Current Rates: 

(Water and Sewer)

Rates as of April 1, 2021:

(Water and Sewer)

Invoice Increase:

(Water and Sewer)

3,000 gallons / 4 CCF

$34.22

$35.50

$1.28

4,500 gallons / 6 CCF

$48.52

$50.34

$1.82

6,000 gallons / 8 CCF

$58.90

$61.11

$2.21

* 748 gallons of water = 1 CCF (Centum Cubic Feet)

Q: How do I apply for the additional $1 credit on my bill?

A: If you are currently enrolled in our low-income credit program, you will automatically receive the additional credit.  If you are not enrolled in the program, you can apply for enrollment at any time, by calling 706-653-4000 to request an application.

Q: What if I need financial assistance and I do not qualify for the low-income credit program?

A: Columbus Water Works will work with you to establish payment arrangements, based on your situation.  There are also several other agencies who may be able to help.  United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley’s 211 hotline is a great source to connect you with available options. 

Q: Why does sewer cost so much more than water?

A: The treatment processes required to clean wastewater are a lot more complex than treating the river water to be safe for consumption. The treatment requires extensive processes and testing to ensure that we do not harm the environment when we return the water to the environment. These more complex treatment processes cost more to install, maintain and operate.

Q: Why do I pay for garbage collection on my water and sewer bill?

A: Columbus Water Works is a billing agent for the Columbus Consolidated Government’s garbage collection and yard waste pickup programs. This partnership was created to limit the operational costs to our community and eliminate the need for a separate billing system and support staff. For more information on garbage collection or yard waste pickup programs, please contact Columbus' Citizen Services by dialing 311 or by visiting https://www.columbusga.gov/311CitizenServices

Monday, March 22, 2021
Water is important to your home and family life, your livelihood, your cultural practices, your wellbeing, and your local environment. Unfortunately, today, water is under extreme threat from a growing population, increasing demands of agriculture and industry, and the worsening impacts of climate change. World Water Day was created by The United Nations General Assembly in 1993 to advocate the importance of sustainable management of freshwater resources.

World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness for the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. The goal of this campaign is to come together and actively tackle the global water crisis.

The theme of World Water Day 2021 is valuing water. Under the theme of valuing water, the 2021 campaign is generating a global, public conversation on social media about how people value water for all its uses. The goal is to create a more comprehensive understanding of how water is valued by different people in different contexts.

The 2021 campaign takes a look at five different perspectives regarding the value of water.

The five perspectives for World Water Day 2021 are:
  • Valuing water sources – natural water resources and ecosystems.
  • Valuing water infrastructure – storage, treatment and supply.
  • Valuing water services – drinking water, sanitation and health services.
  • Valuing water as an input to production and socio-economic activity – food and agriculture, energy and industry, business and employment.
  • Valuing socio-cultural aspects of water – recreational, cultural and spiritual attributes.
World Water Day is full of events and campaigns you can take part in. To see options available near you, or for more information about World Water Day, click here.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Fix-a-Leak Week is an annual event sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense Program. Columbus Water Works is a proud partner of this program, committed to educating our customers about the importance of finding small, often hidden leaks and repairing them in a timely manner.  Quick detection and repair of even the smallest leaks can help you save large amounts of water! For example, did you know that minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water waste each year? One small, easy fix can save a lot of money and water, if repaired immediately.

Fixing household leaks not only saves water but reduces water utility bills—by about 10 percent. Start saving today with three simple steps: Check. Twist. Replace.

1. Check
First, check your home for leaks. An easy way to start is to examine your water use. If it exceeds 12,000 gallons per month for a family of four, you probably have leaks. Search your home with eyes and ears open in order to find leaks, and don’t forget to check pipes and outdoor spigots. You can also detect silent toilet leaks, a common water-wasting culprit, by adding a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank and waiting 10 minutes before flushing. If any color appears in the bowl during that time, your toilet has a leak. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense for do-it-yourself repair tips or contact a plumbing professional.

2. Twist
Apply pipe tape to ensure that plumbing fixture connections are sealed tight and give leaking faucets and showerheads a firm twist with a wrench. If you can’t stop those drops yourself, contact a plumbing professional.

3. Replace
When replacing a fixture, look for WaterSense labeled models, which use at least 20 percent less water and are independently certified. Replacing an old, inefficient showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model will shrink your household’s water footprint by 2,700 gallons annually. With less hot water passing through, WaterSense labeled showerheads can also save enough energy to power a television for a year.

To learn more about WaterSense and Fix a Leak Week visit https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week.

We encourage you to take the 10-minute leak challenge to test household leaks and potentially save you money.





   
Thursday, March 11, 2021

Columbus Water Works values our customers and works diligently to locate and repair water leaks in our community. When leaks are reported to us, we have a systematic process that we follow to ensure timely and proper repairs are made. Once our customer service staff receives a report, an onsite evaluation will be scheduled, typically within one business day, to check and verify the leak. If the leak is located in a public area or between your meter box and the street CWW is responsible for the repair. If the leak is on private property, located between your water meter and your residence, you will be responsible for finding and repairing the water leak. CWW will notify you if the leak is your responsibility.

During the onsite evaluation, the severity of the leak is determined. Leaks are classified into one of three categories based on their severity. CWW uses the categories to prioritize and schedule repairs.


Severity Level 1: Emergency leaks: (typical repair time 1-2 days)
Severity Level 2: Priority leaks: (typical repair time of 5-7 days)
Severity Level 3: Minor leaks: (typical 4-week repair time)


 Severity Level 1:

Emergency Leaks (pictured on the Left) take immediate priority and are typically repaired within 2 days. 

Instances of emergency leaks include: a leak that causes property damage, a leak that has been deemed hazardous to the public or a leak that causes a neighborhood to be without water.



 Severity Level 2:

Priority Leaks (pictured on the left) are of high priority and are typically repaired within 7 days. 

Instances of priority leaks include: a leak that is minor but could possibly result in property damage if left unattended and leaks that cause customers to have low water pressure.



 Severity Level 3: 

Minor Leaks (pictured on the left) are important to locate and fix within a timely manner and are typically repaired within 4 weeks. 

Instances of minor leaks include: slow leaks, small leaks and leaks that are not deemed a hazard to the public. 



CWW works around the clock to maintain all infrastructure areas throughout our 2,183-mile system of water and sewer pipes. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work on addressing water leaks, enhancing our response time, and ensuring clean, high-quality drinking water to your home or business.

If you experience a leak, contact our Customer Service department by phone at 706-649-3400 or email at customerservice@cwwga.org.

For more information on finding small, household leaks, visit our Facebook page during Fix a Leak Week, taking place March 15-19.

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Thursday, March 04, 2021
Do you find yourself regularly spending money on bottled water each month because you feel it's a better choice than tap water?

If so, did you also know that bottled water is not regulated as strictly as tap water? 

Nearly every element of the public water treatment and delivery processes are regulated by the state and federal governments to ensure safe, quality drinking water for the community.

Why spend more on necessities, like water, that do not always guarantee the same high quality?

Let’s compare the cost shall we?

For $1.78 you can get one 20 oz bottle of water. For the same price, you could get 1,323 gallons of tap water.

Where would we be without tap water?

Every day, people turn on their faucets, with little thought to the water that flows out. We drink it, bathe in it, swim in it, and cook with it.

It's also required to produce all of the things used in your daily life such as clothes, food, electronics, and vehicles among other things.

Without it, life would look very different...
  • How would we clean fruits and veggies, dishes and clothes, water plants or wash cars?
  • How would we take a shower, wash our face or brush our teeth?
  • How would we flush our toilets?
It’s hard to beat the price on a service that delivers public health and quality of life.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

"History has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own."

– Michelle Obama.


The month of February highlights the achievements of black innovators and thought makers throughout history. Eugene BullardToday, people of all races and backgrounds are treated equally thanks to the sacrifices of those that came before them. As we celebrate the accomplishments of pioneers across the globe, we also celebrate our local heroes. Trailblazers like Eugene Bullard and Ma Rainey were both Columbus natives and made great contributions to the fight for equality. Let us remember those close to home that supported our freedom. 

Born on October 9, 1985, Eugene Bullard, pictured to the right, was one of the first African-American military pilots. In his youth, he made several attempts to run away from home in a quest for freedom. At the age of 11, Eugene finally escaped from his southern home. Bullard spent the next couple of years travelling the globe until he eventually made his way to France. Eugene enlisted in the French Foreign Legion and served with the 170th Infantry Regiment and fought in the Battle of Verdun. In 1916, he entered the Aéronautique Militaire and begun flight training.

During his lifetime, the French showered Bullard with honors and he was one of three men chosen to relight the everlasting flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris. It was said that Eugene was more comfortable with the customs of the French democracy because it influenced the minds of both black and white Americans and helped them all act like brothers. 


A Columbus native, Ma Rainey, pictured to the left, was often called the” Mother of Blues”. Born on April 26, 1886, Rainey was recognized as the first great professional blues vocalist. During her youth, she made her first public appearance at the Springer Opera House in Columbus, Georgia. Rainey performed and toured with her husband, William Rainey, as a song and dance team.

She successfully bridged the divide between cabaret-style shows that catered largely to white audiences and authentic black folk music. Rainey’s performances offered white people a glimpse into black culture. In 2007, a small museum opened in a house that she had built in Columbus for her mother that the public can openly visit. In addition, Netflix released a movie in late 2020 about her life called “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. 

We hope that during the month of February, you chose to reflect on the meaning of justice and equality and become proud of the progress we’ve made as humankind.

For more information on Black History Month, visit http://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov .


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Friday, February 05, 2021
Columbus Water Works takes our customer's security very seriously. We’re aware that as the tax season approaches, the number of scams, unfortunately tend to rise. With this in mind, we want to provide you with a few ways that can help you safely identify a CWW employee and avoid potential fraud.

Below, we have provided key signs to indicate whether or not you are really dealing with a CWW employee. 

All CWW employees have a Photo ID badge identifying their name and employee number. If you are uncertain of a person’s validity, please ask to see their badge. If you are still unsure, please call 706-649-3400 and a customer service representative will assist you.

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.

CWW employees will not come to your home asking for personal information or money.
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 CWW asking for immediate payment on your account, please report the issue to the Columbus Police Department.

Columbus Water Works values your safety!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King firmly believed in and advocated for equal rights among all races. He gained significant recognition during the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, while delivering his notable "I Have A Dream Speech”. Dr. King believed that love was a stronger force than hatred and made it his mission to spread the power of love and acceptance. King inspired hope within those around him that one day people of any race could join hands as one.

Martin Luther King Jr. believed in using nonviolent practices to create peace within the community and was one of the first civil-rights activists in the 1960's that orchestrated nonviolent protests. He arranged boycotts, sit-ins, and marches to safely and effectively improve the quality of life for African Americans in the United States.

Let us remember Martin Luther King Jr. for the vision he worked towards, and come together to love and respect each other regardless of our differences. To learn more or get involved with Columbus’ MLK Day of Service, click here

In recognition of the holiday, our offices will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021. If you experience a water related emergency, please call 706-649-3400.
Emergency crews will be available.

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Monday, January 04, 2021
It’s a new year and with it comes the chance for a new start. No one anticipated a global pandemic, having to isolate themselves or having to work from home. However, many of us had to change the way we conducted our lives. For many of us, it forced us to slow down and take a look at ourselves. Though 2020 was a hard year, it brought us together as a community and gave us the opportunity to be there for one another. We were able to discover new parts of ourselves and to learn to be grateful for all that we have. In the upcoming year, we challenge you to think about how you can have a better 2021. Below we’ve compiled a few ways to help you create a better year.

1.  Set aside time for yourself. A major lesson many of us learned last year is that we valued productivity over self-care. It’s important to make time to recharge and to take care of your well-being so that you can be the best version of yourself. Try setting aside a certain time of day or a certain amount of time each day meant only for you.

2.  Make realistic, attainable goals and start small. Have you been thinking about losing weight, waking up earlier or trying a new hobby? 2020 taught us that we have resilience and that we can get through anything. Set small tasks that you know you can accomplish and the move on to bigger goals once you’re ready.

3.  Make connections. No one can do anything alone and it’s important to have a support system. We learned last year to be grateful for the people in our lives and now is the perfect time to show those you love that you care.

4.  Exercise. We know that exercise is always at the top of the list when mentioning things to do differently in the upcoming year—and for good reason. When we take the time to engage in physical activity, we release hormones that provide a positive boost in our mood. Don’t forget to keep a water bottle handy to stay hydrated.
Whatever you chose to do this year, keep a positive mindset. Think positive and the rest will follow.


 
Friday, December 18, 2020

It’s time for turkey, ham and tons of desert. The holiday season has finally arrived and that means food, food and more food. Now is the perfect time to come together with all of your family and friends and get in the kitchen. Finding a good holiday recipe last minute can be a headache. Below, are three easy recipes that you can make this holiday. Grab your apron and ladle and let’s get cooking.

Pull – Apart Christmas Tree

1 lb. refrigerated pizza dough

Egg wash (1 egg whisked with 1 tbsp water)

7 mozzarella sticks

1/4 c. melted butter

1/2 c. finely grated Parmesan

1 tbsp. Thinly sliced basil

1 tbsp. chopped parsley

1 tbsp. chopped rosemary

Marinara, warmed (for serving)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 450°. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut mozzarella sticks into 1” pieces and set aside.

On a floured surface, divide pizza dough into two pieces. Stretch and roll each piece of dough into a long rectangle, then cut dough into 2” squares (you’ll need 33 total).

Wrap a dough square around each piece of mozzarella, forming a tightly sealed ball. Place balls seam-side down on the baking sheet in the shape of a Christmas tree (they should be touching). Brush egg wash on dough balls and bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together melted butter, Parmesan and herbs. Brush on baked pizza balls. Serve warm with marinara for dipping.

Bacon Wrapped Turkey  

1 (11-lb.) turkey, neck and giblets removed

1 large red onion, cut into large wedges

1 bunch thyme

1 bunch rosemary

1/2 c. (1 stick) melted butter

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. paprika

1 lb. bacon

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375°. Stuff cavity with onion, thyme, and rosemary then tie legs together and tuck wings in.

In a medium bowl, stir together melted butter and seasonings. Brush turkey all over with butter mixture.

Place turkey in a roasting pan. Place strips of bacon on turkey and weave together.

Bake for 3 hours, or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 165°. Check after 2 hours and cover with foil if bacon gets too dark.

Baked Mac and Cheese 

1 lb. dried elbow pasta

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups whole milk

2 1/2 cups half and half

4 cups grated medium sharp cheddar cheese - divided (measured after grating)

2 cups grated Gruyere cheese - divided (measured after grating)

1/2 Tbsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. paprika

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease a 3 qt baking dish (9x13").  Set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  When boiling, add dried pasta and cook 1 minute less than the package directs for al dente.  Drain and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil to keep from sticking.

While water is coming up to a boil, grate cheeses and toss together to mix, then divide into three piles.  Approximately 3 cups for the sauce, 1 1/2 cups for the inner layer, and 1 1/2 cups for the topping.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over MED heat.  Sprinkle in flour and whisk to combine.  Mixture will look like very wet sand.  Cook for approximately 1 minute, whisking often.  Slowly pour in about 2 cups or so of the milk/half and half, while whisking constantly, until smooth.  Slowly pour in the remaining milk/half and half, while whisking constantly, until combined and smooth.

Continue to heat over MED heat, whisking very often, until thickened to a very thick consistency.  It should almost be the consistency of a semi thinned out condensed soup.

Remove from the heat and stir in spices and 1 1/2 cups of the cheeses, stirring to melt and combine.  Stir in another 1 1/2 cups of cheese, and stir until completely melted and smooth.

In a large mixing bowl, combine drained pasta with cheese sauce, stirring to combine fully.  Pour half of the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish.  Top with 1 1/2 cups of grated cheeses, then top that with the remaining pasta mixture.

Sprinkle the top with the last 1 1/2 cups of cheese and bake for 15 minutes, until cheesy is bubbly and lightly golden brown. 

Happy Cooking!
Thursday, December 10, 2020
The Columbus Water Works has a long history of being a responsible community partner. This month marks the 25th anniversary of our investment of more than $100 million to construct a nationally recognized combined sewer overflow (CSO) control program that continues to protect our community and the Chattahoochee River today.

The combined system, located in an older section of town covering about 2% of the land area of Columbus, removes debris and treats stormwater before discharging to the river. The system has significantly improved water quality in this part of the river – helping revitalize our downtown that now supports a beautiful Riverwalk and world-class whitewater rafting amenities attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Today (December 10th, 2020) we are filing an appeal to the state’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) revised permit for the CSO system which adds costly and unnecessary requirements. This appeal is limited to the CSO system permit and not related to the quality of the drinking water that we provide. The river water quality through Columbus meets regulatory standards.

The EPD permit changes would force our customers to invest millions more with no real benefit to the river quality – placing an unfair burden on our community at a time when we’re already facing financial challenges from the pandemic. If the appeal is successful for Columbus, the river will continue to be of high quality at no additional costs. If unsuccessful, substantial costs will be incurred by our customers to “fix a problem that doesn’t exist.”

The Columbus Water Works team has collected and tested thousands of water samples on our CSO system, including eight years of monitoring the middle stretch of the river in Columbus. This proactive approach (above and beyond state and federal requirements) prompted the EPD and EPA in recent years to remove our section of the river from its list of surface water bodies impaired by pollutants, meaning it is no longer impaired by bacteria. Nothing has changed to warrant additional requirements on our CSO permit.

While we can’t support the permit changes, we remain a strong community partner in protecting the quality of our river and doing our part as responsible stewards of the environment and community resources. For us, it’s personal. Our employees and families live and work here.

We’re proud of our important role providing vital services that support the quality of life we all enjoy.

Click Here To View The Chattahoochee River Quality FAQs

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The holidays are a joyful time for friends and family to show how much they love and appreciate one another. Lights are hung, dinner is prepared and holiday spirit fills the air. This season is a time to come together and not only receive blessings, but to give to those less fortunate. While celebrating with your friends and family, please remember this year has been extremely difficult for us all due to COVID-19. The smallest act of kindness can make a huge difference. Here are some ways you can safely be of service to others this season: 

Become a virtual volunteer
Due to safety precautions regarding COVID-19, organizations have started virtual volunteer programs. United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley has several virtual volunteer opportunities available this holiday.

Opportunities include writing encouragement cards for hospice patients and donating supplies to women’s shelters. Volunteer by clicking here or dialing 211.

Help those at risk with their holiday shopping
As we all know, shopping this season will look a little different. Not everyone feels comfortable shopping in large crowds due to the pandemic, especially those with underlying health conditions. One way to be of service to those in need is to help them with their holiday shopping. Offer to help someone in need and provide non-contact options such as an agreed drop-off location.

Donate to a local organization.
One of the best gifts you can give during this time of year is donating your time and money to support your local community. Here are a few organizations that you can donate to this holiday season:
The Coronavirus Response Fund
The Salvation Army
Toys for Tots
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley
Feeding the Valley Food Bank
Habitat for Humanity
Open Door Community House

Whatever you do to help someone in need this holiday season can truly make a difference. Making a difference in someone else’s life may just be the best gift you get yourself this year!

As a special reminder: save your holiday cooking grease and bring it to one of our eleven drop off locations or to our Grease Recycling and Pharmaceutical Disposal event on Jan 9, 2021! For details, click here.

Columbus Water Works wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
In recognition of the holidays, our offices will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25, 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021. 
If you experience a water related emergency during this time, please call 706-649-3400. Emergency crews will be available.

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