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Monday, August 27, 2018
Labor DayMany Americans today celebrate Labor Day without realizing the real meaning behind this monumental holiday.  Did you know that Labor Day is a day paying tribute to our ancestors who transformed working conditions in our country?  Their struggles and sacrifices not only shaped our country’s workforce regulations, it also propelled our industrial advances allowing the United States of America to be the prosperous nation we are today.

Their struggle was significant and the workers had finally had enough in the late 1800’s when they joined together to form workers unions.  Together they fought for safer working conditions, reasonable pay and reasonable working hours.  As a result of their bravery, we no longer have children working in factories.  Companies are required to ensure safety precautions are made while we do our tasks. We have set guidelines for the number of hours we work each week and minimum pay requirements preventing employers from paying us less than livable wages. 

After the peak of the protests in 1894, the federal government passed an act acknowledging Labor Day as an official holiday.  The holiday was declared in attempts to mend the strained relationships between the workers, the government and the industries.

This year, while you celebrate with your families, please remember the hardships and sacrifices they made to make our country a better place to work and live.

In honor of their hard work and dedication, the Columbus Water Works will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018.  If you have a water related emergency, please call 706-649-3400. Emergency Crews will be available.

Monday, August 20, 2018
Did you know that flushing the wrong things down your toilet or pouring them down your drain can be extremely costly and cause damage to your home, neighborhood, and city? Keep reading to find out how…

Every time you use your toilet, shower, washing machine, garbage disposal or dishwasher, wastewater leaves your home through pipes that connect to the Columbus Water Works’ sewer system. When the wrong items are flushed or poured down your drain, it can cause sewer backup in your home; sewer releases into the environment and damages the sewer system. This would have a major impact on many and cost us all a great deal of money to repair the damage.

So, what can you do to help prevent this from happening? You can be mindful of what you flush down your toilet, pour down your drain and take responsibility with us to protect our sewer system. Below is a list of products that should not be flushed (nor poured), because they do not dissolve in your drains and clog pipes and pumps.

•Paper Towels/Rags
•Disinfecting Wipes/Baby Diapers
•Disposable Wipes/Products
•Animal Litter
•Food Products
•Mop Refills
•Dental Floss
•Feminine Hygiene products
•Hypodermic needles

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Columbus Water Works (CWW) has received this esteemed national recognition by the Water Environment Federation as a Utility of the Future Today 2018 for Watershed Stewardship. 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 has always had a philosophy of being at the forefront of rules and regulations that affect our operations. This philosophy extends to our Watershed Stewardship and Source Water Assessment Plan (SWAP). The SWAP developed through a partnership between the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), CWW, Georgia Power, Mead Coated Board, Inc., (now WestRock) and other stakeholders and water purveyors, was developed in conjunction with an inter-state watershed study.

Columbus was one of the first drinking water communities in Georgia to initiate the requirements of the SWAP.  In 2001, CWW and regional partners completed a Middle Chattahoochee River Watershed Study which included a Regional Source Water Assessment and Protection Program of surface water intakes for CWW, the City of West Point, the Chattahoochee Valley Water Supply District, and Harris County Water Department in Georgia and Opelika Water Works, Phenix City Utilities and Smiths Water and Sewer Authority in Alabama. CWW continues to facilitate regional source water protection practices of communicating, monitoring and delineating strategies for intake protection. CWW completed the regional Watershed Stewardship and Source Water Assessment Plan for surface water systems as of May, 2018. 

Columbus Water Works is one of 32 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 2018 are transforming operations to meet challenges by recovering resources, engaging in the community, forming untraditional 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 2018 – WEF’s 91st annual technical exhibition and conference – this October in New Orleans.
Monday, August 06, 2018
Columbus Water Works, Keep Columbus Beautiful and the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department are teaming up again, to hold another Grease Recycling and Pharmaceutical Disposal Event! On Saturday August 11, 2018 from 10am to 2pm we will be at Citizens Trust Bank on Macon Road or Big Lots on Sidney Boulevard, collecting used cooking grease and old or unused medications. Please join us in our efforts to protect the environment by bringing your used cooking grease and old medications for recycling and proper disposal.

The recycling of old medications and used cooking grease are a part of our initiative to be good stewards of the environment. By collecting them, we help to prevent the clogging of sewer lines which can be costly as well as provide a supplemental power source for our wastewater treatment plant.

If you can’t make it to the event, there are also eight (8) stationary drop-off sites located throughout Columbus. These sites are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience. Thank you for your assistance in keeping cooking grease out of the sewer lines.

To learn more about this event, please visit our website: www.cwwga.org

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