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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Low income creditEffective January 2007, the Board of Water Commissioners implemented a Low Income Credit Program for income-eligible residential customers. This program is in response to feedback we received from our customers and changes in the economic environment which have impacted our low-income customers.

How does the program work?
For eligible customers, the program provides a monthly $7.50 credit. The credit is consistent with the City’s current residential garbage rate program that provides qualified customers with a 25 percent credit, rounded to the nearest dime on their garbage collection fee.

How Do I Know If I Qualify?
To qualify for the low-income credit program you need to:
  1. Have a residential account in your name with the Columbus Water Works, and;
  2. Meet the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines for household size and income as established and published each calendar year in the Federal Register.

How Do I Apply?
If you currently receive the reduced garbage your water bill will automatically be adjusted to reflect the credit. If you are not currently receiving the reduced garbage rate, please contact the Citizen’s Service Center by calling 311 or 706-653-4000 to request enrollment. When applying for the program, please make sure all documentation is submitted. Incomplete applications cannot be processed. Customers who are enrolled in the program are required to recertify eligibility every two years. Please contact Citizen’s Services Center for important deadlines associated with this process.

More information on these guidelines is available here: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
mlk“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character…” Fifty-five years ago Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned a future where all, regardless of race, were equal. As a prominent civil rights leader, Dr. King led a nonviolent protest to achieve genuine racial equality. During the 13 years of his leadership over the Civil Rights Movement, using the power of words and nonviolent actions, African Americans were able to achieve the progress needed for true racial equality. The King Center regards Dr. King as one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history. To achieve such status Dr. King drew inspiration from the Christian faith and the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Regardless of color or creed, Dr. Martin Luther King led peaceful- nonviolent campaigns to support equality.

Dr. King has authored some of the most acclaimed writings in the English language, such as the “I Have a Dream” speech and the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”.  His accomplishments are taught in English and History classes nationwide. Alongside these accomplishments, Dr. King is the only non-president to have a national holiday dedicated in his remembrance.  In remembrance of Dr. King and his legacy, let’s love one another regardless of our differences. Let’s unite as Americans in declaration of equality and justice for all.

Columbus Water Works wishes you well as you celebrate this important day. In honor of Dr. King, our offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Emergency Crews are available; if you have a leak or other water related emergency, please call 706-649-3400.

To learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his efforts to bring change during the Civil Rights Movement, visit http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/martin-luther-king-jr

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Friday, January 11, 2019
Every year we start a new year’s resolution.  We make goals and make plans to help make the next year better than the last.  Sadly, most of us stop pushing to meet our new goal within a few weeks of the New Year.  Are you one of the many who have already abandoned your resolution?  If so, it’s not too late to create a new one that is perhaps simpler than you might think.
Glass of water

Try drinking more water each day instead of sugary drinks.  Proper hydration can have significant benefits to your health such as improved kidney function, clearer skin and even weight loss.  Since our body is made up of approximately 60% water, it is vital that we maintain proper fluid balance for our health. Our bodies need water to flush out toxins, digest food, absorb nutrients, support organ function and more. 

So how much water do I need to drink?
There are several different theories on how much water a person should drink.  Some experts say drink when thirsty, while others have a formula: drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day. Ultimately, we need to find the right balance for our individual body.  One way to get started is to drink an 8 ounce glass of water when you wake up and 30 minutes before a big meal. Try to get in the habit of carrying a refillable water bottle with you at all times.  This way you will never be without something to drink.

What if you don’t like drinking plain water?
There are several ways you can add flavor to your water such as using flavor drops or soaking fruit in your water.  When you are adding fruit and other flavors to your water, be careful of added sugar content, especially if you have a medical condition affected by sugar.

Added Bonus!
Did you know that by replacing a sugary drink for tap water, you can even save money?  By carrying a refillable water bottle with you throughout the day, you will always have something available to drink.

This New Years resolution is sure to help you have a healthier 2019.
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