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Friday, September 15, 2017

Columbus Water Works has received this esteemed national recognition by the Water Environment Federation as a Utility of the Future Today 2017 for Community Partnership & Engagement.  The Utility of the Future program seeks to promote and recognize utilities that are building on a foundation of excellent management and help small, medium, and large utilities transform their operations over time.

Columbus Water Works is dedicated to meeting the ever-increasing challenges of sustainability, innovative technology and green energy while protecting the environment and preserving our most precious resource – water.  CWW’s program for community sustainability emphasizes public education about the environment, energy conservation, return rate, and water use optimization.  The integral part of CWW’s business is to support and provide national, regional and tri-community leadership in the areas of public education, community involvement, environmental stewardship, and economic development.  CWW’s environmentally friendly programs are used to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment. 


CWW’s core value of integrity reflects their commitment and dedication to a standard of excellence that promotes honesty and transparency.  They strive to ensure that their practices are dependable and trustworthy in meeting the customers’ needs.  This commitment is reflected in state, local, and national awards they receive.  CWW is recognized in the areas of environmental stewardship, operational planning, management, water quality monitoring safety, and financial operations.  By competing for awards, CWW strives for stellar performance in order to better serve their customers.

Columbus Water Works is one of 25 water utilities from across the U.S. recognized as forward-thinking, innovative utilities that are providing resilient and value-added service to communities.

The Utility of the Future Today program was launched in 2016 by four water sector organizations—the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) and WateReuse, with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Utility of the Future Today concept is being promoted as the nation’s water system faces challenges such as aging infrastructure, water pollution, workforce shortages, and impacts of climate change, including drought, floods, storms, and sea level rise. The 25 utilities recognized in 2017 are transforming operations to meet challenges by recovering resources, engaging in the community, forming un-traditional partnerships, and building an internal culture of innovation.

“The innovations coming to the water sector present an opportunity for a paradigm shift in the way utilities think about and solve long-standing challenges to clean and reliable water,” said Eileen O’Neill, Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation. “WEF is excited to recognize Columbus Water Works for embracing innovative ways to better serve their communities.” 

Columbus Water Works will be recognized during an awards ceremony at WEFTEC 2017 – WEF’s 90th annual technical exhibition and conference – this October in Chicago.

Utility of the Future staff 2017

Columbus Water Works employees who were instrumental in achieving this prestigious award

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Columbus Water Works has located a water main leak in the intersection of Buena Vista Road and Henry Avenue.  In order to safely repair this leak, our crews will need to close the intersection while the work is performed.  The repair is scheduled for Sunday, September 17 beginning at 8 a.m.  Pending any unforeseen delays, the work is expected to be completed by 5 p.m.   

As part of this project, there will be a detour in place to reduce traffic interruptions.  Please see the map below detailing the work area. 

Detour Map
For the safety of pedestrians and motorists, some areas near this repair work and around the road closure areas may be identified as having restricted or limited access.  We appreciate the community’s understanding and patience while we work to complete this project.  Our goal is to repair the leak and restore the intersection for full use as quickly and as safely as possible.

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Monday, September 11, 2017
Columbus Water Works’ offices will be closed on Tuesday, September 12 due to tropical storm conditions and the resulting damage to the Chattahoochee Valley. Essential personnel will be working to limit water service interruptions. If you experience a water related emergency during this time, please call 706-649-3400.  Personnel will respond when conditions are safe.

Our top concern continues to be the safety of our employees and the community.

For information on City Emergency response and other closures, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/mayorteresatomlinson/posts/1577933418910798 

If you would like more safety tips, please visit: ready.ga.gov.

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Saturday, September 09, 2017
Columbus Water Works’ offices will be closed on Monday, September 11 due to tropical storm conditions from Hurricane Irma. Essential personnel will be working to limit water service interruptions. If you experience a water related emergency during this time, please call 706-649-3400.  Personnel will not be responding during the height of the severe weather and will resume emergency responses as soon as it is safe to do so.

Our top concern is for the safety of our employees and the community. We urge you to take necessary safety precautions.  The tropical storm conditions are likely to include heavy rainfall and winds ranging from 40 to 60 miles per hour.

For information on City Emergency response and other closures, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/mayor.tomlinson/posts/1598047020247612

If you would like more safety tips, please visit: ready.ga.gov.

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Friday, September 08, 2017

On 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 devastating attack claimed the lives of over 3,000 people and more than 400 police officers and firefighters.  As a nation, we stood together to overcome the largest terrorist attack on our soil.  Today, 16 years later, we still stand together to honor the many lives lost and to pay tribute to the bravery of the men and women who worked tirelessly to find survivors.

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 Monday, 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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