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Monday, August 29, 2016

Labor DayLabor Day is an annual celebration of the hard work and dedication of American workers to the well-being of our society. Each one, through their respective industries, makes this country the thriving nation that it is. Although the holiday is celebrated with joyful festivities such as picnics and parades, it is rooted in the efforts of past American workers to improve the working conditions of the United States’ labor force.

During the height of the American Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s, many workers across the country were faced with unfair and unsafe working conditions. They worked long hours and seven day work weeks in factories for pay that was only enough to make a basic living. The facilities were unclean, and they lacked insufficient access to fresh air. Children were even working in these conditions in some states. In response to these conditions, workers joined together as unions to protest and gain more favorable working conditions.

The protests peaked on June 26th, 1894, when the American Railroad Union led by Eugene V. Debs, called for a boycott of the Pullman railway cars in Chicago. The effects of the boycott crippled the railroad traffic worldwide. In order to end the boycott, the federal government sent troops to Chicago, which led to a wave of riots that resulted in the death of more than a dozen workers. In the wake of this massive unrest and in an attempt to repair ties with American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

Therefore, in remembrance of the efforts of past American workers to improve working conditions and the current dedication of workers to our labor force, CWW wishes you a happy Labor Day! In observance of Labor Day, our offices will be closed on Monday, September 5th, 2016. Emergency Crews will be available, if you have a leak or other water related emergencies, please call 706-649-3400.

Enjoy your holiday! For more information on the history of Labor Day, please visit http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day

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Thursday, August 18, 2016
running water dropColumbus Water Works is partnering with TSYS and United Way to host the 8th annual “Run for the Valley, Run United” charity event on September 17, 2016 at the Columbus Riverwalk (One TSYS Way, Columbus, GA).

The event will consist of a 1 mile Tot-Trot, 5K and 10K. If you would like to participate, you can register online at
www.runsignup.com. If you do so by September 9th, you can save with the pre-registration rates, which are $25 (5K), $30 (10K) and $15 (Tot-Trot).

The on-site registration rates will be $30 (5K), $35 (10K), and $15 (Tot-Trot). All event proceeds will be donated to the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley.

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 for more registration options.
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Columbus Water Works, Keep Columbus Beautiful and the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department would like to say THANK YOU to all those who came out and supported the Grease and Pharmaceutical Recycling Event on Saturday, August 6, 2016.  The response from the public was outstanding! The 381 people who came out to see us on Saturday dropped off 350 gallons of cooking grease and 1,163 pounds of old medications!!  Those who participated demonstrated the willingness and personal effort to do their part in helping us protect the environment. guys at work

We would also like to give a special thank you to the men and women of the Bellwood Baptist Church Missionary Club and the Knights of Solomon Motorcycle Club who came out to help with our collection efforts.  Thank you to K-Mart on Airport Thruway and K-Mart on Macon Road for allowing us to utilize your property for the recycling event.

We all can be environmental stewards by supporting programs such as these to keep pollutants out of the sanitary sewer system and, in turn, out of our natural environment.

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Monday, August 01, 2016
On Saturday, August 6, Columbus Water Works, Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission and the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department are teaming up to host a community-wide Grease Recycling and Pharmaceutical Disposal Event!  We will be at K-Mart on Macon Road and K-Mart on Airport Thruway from 10 am to 2 pm collecting used cooking grease and expired or unused medications. 

Used cooking oil that is poured down the sink, flushed down the toilet or poured through a garbage disposal can gel and solidify into thick layers.  When this occurs within drainpipes and sewer lines, it can constrict water flows, clog sewer pipes and possibly back up into your home plumbing system.  At CWW, our grease recycling program provides our customers with a convenient and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of used cooking oils.  In addition, we process the used cooking grease to use as a supplemental power source for our wastewater treatment plant. There are also eight (8) stationary drop-off sites for used cooking oils located throughout Columbus.  These sites are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.

Our pharmaceutical disposal initiative is designed to encourage the proper disposal of medicines and help reduce environmental concerns that may be caused by flushing these items down the sink or toilet. 

Both of these programs reflect our core value of “Environmental Stewardship” and are a part of our strategic initiative and vision to protect the environment.  
Please join us in our efforts by bringing your used cooking grease and expired or unused medications for recycling and proper disposal.

To learn more about this event or the locations of our stationary drop-off sites, please visit our website: www.cwwga.org

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