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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Columbus Water Works is a proud WaterSense Partner. As a WaterSense Partner, we participate in national events such as Fix-a-Leak Week, which usually takes place during the third week of March every year.

What is WaterSense?
WaterSense is a voluntary partnership that is sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Water Sense Program includes a label that identifies water-efficient products. These labels can also be used as a resource to help save and conserve water. WaterSense works with manufacturers, retailers, distributors, homebuilders, irrigation professionals, and utilities. As of 2018, WaterSense has more than 1,738 organizational partners.

WaterSense Labeled Products
WaterSense has products available that promote smarter water and energy use. These products are backed by an independent, third-party certification and meet EPA’s specifications for water efficiency and performance. You can find WaterSense labels on toilets, shower heads, faucets, and sprinklers. WaterSense can make a difference in the amount of water used. According to the EPA’s WaterSense website, since 2016 the program has saved 2.1 trillion gallons of water in the United States. In addition to saving water, WaterSense products saved 284 billion kilowatts of electricity.

Test Your WaterSense
The EPA has a test your WaterSense game. You can play it here.
More information about the Water Sense program and how you can participate is available here.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018
fix-a-leak infographicColumbus Water Works would like to invite you to join us for our Fix-a-Leak Week Event on Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Lowes Home & Improvement located at 6750 Veterans Parkway, Columbus, GA. We will be handing out information on the importance of detecting and fixing leaks to help you become responsible water users and save money on your water bill. We will also be giving out free water leak detection kits (while supplies last) to assist you in your efforts to save water.

Fix-a-Leak Week is an annual event sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program. Columbus Water Works is a proud partner of this program, committed to educating our customers on 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 save a lot of water! For example, did you know that a faucet dripping at a rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water in one year? One small, easy fix can save a lot of money and water, if repaired immediately.

To learn more, come see us Thursday at Lowes Home & Improvement! Click here for more details about the event.

For more information on WaterSense, its partners and other programs please visit: https://www3.epa.gov/waterse

Monday, March 12, 2018
Water Infrastructure History Blog Banner
If you don’t know much about water infrastructure history, don’t worry. You are not alone. Many people today turn on the water faucet and flush their toilets without thinking about the technology behind the turn or push of a switch. You may be surprised to find out that some ancient civilizations had private showers and heated water. In Greece a 3000-year-old water system made of glass clay pipes is still used by the Greeks today! Long story short, water infrastructure has a detailed history. From the pre-historic societies in the Jezreel Valley to the modern metropolitan societies of today, water infrastructure has evolved. Here at Columbus Water Works the water system infrastructure has also evolved to accommodate modern society and its needs.

During the early 1800’s the Chattahoochee River, which still serves as our water source was used by Native Americans. Native Americans fished, bathed and transported water along the Chattahoochee River.  In 1828 when Columbus, GA was established, water was transported from the Leonard Spring, in 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 caulked to hold in water. Before the pine log system was created, the city of Columbus used cisterns. Cisterns are underground tanks used to store water below the streets. These cisterns were made to harvest rain water which could later be pumped to ground level for the public to use. Citizens of Columbus would have to go to water pipes found at intersections to get water from the cisterns.

After Columbus Water Works was founded in 1903, the pine log pipe systems were replaced with cast iron pipes. Cast iron pipes provide more reliable service and last longer than pine log pipes.

Now that you know a little more about the local water infrastructure history, lets’ explore how ancient societies in the past gained access to water!

During prehistoric times in ancient China, Greece and Rome, water system technology advanced rapidly. Humans dug some of the first permanent wells, created homes that featured private toilets, deep drilled for water and even designed pressurized showers.

Ancient China
The earliest evidence of wells during the Neolithic time period can be found with the Chinese. The Neolithic Chinese deep drilled for ground water and some of these wells are still standing thousands of years later.

Ancient Greece
The Greeks devised heating systems and pressurized showers. There is even a water system made of glass clay pipes that still works today 3000 years later! The ancient Greeks were the first documented to use clay pipes in an underground network.

Ancient Rome 
The Romans had indoor plumbing and complex underground water systems that delivered water to homes, public baths and fountains. Some Roman towns located in modern day United Kingdom featured water pipes made out of hollowed logs.

We’ve only taken a quick journey through time today, more information about water system history is available here.
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