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Thursday, September 19, 2013
How do “Flushable” wipes affect your sewer system?Disposable Wipes

A recent article from The Washington Post (run by the Ledger Enquirer on September 8, 2013) has inspired a lot of talk about personal wipes’ harmful effects to the sewer systems and ultimately your wallets.  This article announced that Washington area utilities are having problems with disposable wipes.  They are clogging sewer pipes and pumps requiring a lot of time consuming removal of wipes and costly repairs.  This is a problem that is also affecting Columbus, Georgia. 

Wipes Clog
Like other utilities, Columbus Water Works (CWW) has installed grinder units at several locations in Columbus to grind up the un-dissolved wipes to help with this problem, but the truth is that these grinder units are not completely solving the problem.  CWW spends on average 846 man hours cleaning out the clogged pumps and lines every year.  In addition to the man-hours needed, these clogs can lead to damages and costly repairs.  The additional repairs and cleanings directly impact the costs of operating your utility.

(Above photo is of a CWW grinder pump clogged by wipes.)

What can you do to help?

Be careful what you flush!  If you are unsure if an item can is flushable, just remember that human waste and toilet tissue are the only items to be flushed.

For more information on flushable materials:

Wednesday, September 04, 2013
"When the well's dry, we know the value of water"water well
                                ~ Benjamin Franklin

Every day, millions of people turn on their faucets, but give little thought to the water that streams out. We drink it, bathe in it, swim in it, and cook with it. Have you thought about how much water is required to produce the things used in your daily life? Almost every manufacturing process from clothes to cars to food to computers all depend on water. 

Did you know...

water use chart
Many people believe that bottled water is a better choice than tap water, but did you know that nearly every element of the public water treatment and delivery processes are regulated by the state and federal governments to ensure a safe quality of drinking water?  These same standards are not required for bottled water. 

Why spend more than you need to on necessities like water?  Let's compare the costs...

                                What can you get for $1.50?

tap water

Where would we be without tap water...

  • How would we rinse our produce, clean dishes and clothes, water plants and landscapes or wash our cars?
  • Where would we shower?
  • How would we brush our teeth?
  • How would we flush the toilets?
  • How many businesses would have to suspend operations or relocate entirely?
  • How would our institutions - from hospitals to firehouses to schools - function?
You simply cannot put a price on a service that delivers public health, fire protection, economic development and quality of life.

Check out the news story by WTVM's Chandi Lowry, as she compares the value of bottled water and Columbus' tap water.

For more information on the quality of Columbus Water Works' tap water or the quality of your drinking water, please visit www.cwwga.org .        
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