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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Town Hall Meeting 2020On Wednesday October 21st, Columbus Water Works hosted our very first Virtual Town Hall Meeting streamed live on YouTube.

It was an opportunity to discuss our upcoming 2021 rate strategy, how these funds are used, and why this funding matters to our community.

Here at CWW, we pride ourselves on delivering the best possible service to our customers, and a big part of that is making sure that our infrastructure is well maintained.

Sadly, the aging and normal wear and tear on our pipes, pumps, and plants is relentless. It's truly a never-ending process to stay one step ahead of the curve.

However, with the safety of both our water supply and environment on the line, we do not like to take chances. This is why being proactive with maintenance and upkeep is extremely important.

We work hard to try to keep costs down while still operating at the highest possible level. Taking into consideration that replacing failed infrastructure due to emergencies can be 3 to 5 times higher than normal, performing preventative maintenance is key to also staying cost effective.

Therefore, each year we review our financial plan to ensure our funding stays in line with the needs of maintaining the vast infrastructure needed to keep the water safe for us all.

The Town Hall Meetings give us an opportunity to lay out our proposal, as well as to get feedback directly from the community. We know that rate increases are never fun, but minimum annual rate increases help to keep costs consistent and prevent larger increases in the future. We've found that this makes it easier for our customers to budget for their water bills year to year.

We welcome feedback from the community, and we want our customers to have the chance to get their questions answered. So if you'd like more information about the upcoming rate strategy, or if you have a question you would like to ask, please join us at the next Town Hall meeting November 4th at 12pm.

Click here to join us live on YouTube

In order to submit your questions during the event, you will need to have a YouTube account.

If you DON’T have a YouTube account, here are 2 alternative ways to make sure your voice is heard:

1. Send an email with your questions to: contactus@cwwga.org
2. Send us your questions through Facebook Messenger.

All questions need to be sent by 5pm Nov. 3, so that we can make sure to get them in time for the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Friday, October 23, 2020
Happy Halloween 2020Thanks to the ongoing pandemic, Halloween may look a bit different this year. For many parents, the idea of sending their children to the houses of strangers to get candy may not seem like the best idea with Covid-19 still hanging around.

If you've ever been trick or treating in the past, then you'll be well aware of how hard maintaining any real social distancing can be. Finding alternative ways to enjoy the spooky holiday will help make sure kids still get to experience some fun.

Here are a few events happening around our area that the whole family can safely enjoy!

Drive Thru Spooktacular Trunk or Treat

Place: Columbus Civic Center
Date and Time: Oct. 24th, 5pm - 8pm

This will be a free event planned by the city as a safe alternative to traditional trick or treating. It will allow families to stay safely in the cars while they drive through what Columbus Consolidated Government is calling Glow of Lights. Treats will then be placed in the trucks as cars go through the procession.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/320706822362695

Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat

Place: Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat Center
Date & Time: Oct. 29-31, 6pm - 8pm

A safe and family friendly drive thru event. Come enjoy the drive through the Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat Center where you'll be able to guess the movie, play trivia, and get candy. Being run as a fundraising event, a $5 suggested donation per vehicle is appreciated. Fun for the whole family.

For more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drive-thru-fall-oween-tickets-123763218117

Animal Control's Fall Festival

Place: Columbus Animal Control & Control Center
Date & Time: Oct. 31, 11am - 3pm

Dogs and cats everywhere! Lots of events for the whole family: dog/cat kissing booth, crafts, pumpkin carving, costume contest, animal adoptions and more!

For more info: https://www.muscogeemoms.com/event/fall-festival-4/

Decorated and Carved Pumpkin Contest

Place: F.D. Roosevelt State Park
Date & Time: Oct. 31, 6pm - 8:30pm

Bring your best carved pumpkin along with a candle/light to the park office for display. $2 per entry with prizes for both adults and kids.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/796718724433614/

If you’d rather stay home with the kiddos instead of venturing out in public, there are still lots of fun ways to get into the Halloween spirit.
  • -Carve pumpkins for your front porch
  • -Let everyone create their own costumes using what they can find around the house
  • -Put up some spooky decorations and curl up to watch a Halloween movie.

No matter how you decide to enjoy the holiday, we wish you and yours a safe and fun filled Halloween!

Connect with us on Facebook and let us know how you're spending your Halloween. We'd love to hear from you.
Monday, October 19, 2020

Columbus Water Works is hosting two Virtual Town Hall meetings to discuss our rate strategy, how these funds are used, and why this funding matters to our community.  The first virtual town hall is on Wednesday, October 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the second one is on Wednesday, November 4 at 12 p.m.

Both meetings will air live on our YouTube channel.  If you have a question that you would like answered, you may email us ahead of time at: contactus@cwwga.org or join the live conversation on YouTube.  (Please note that in order to ask questions live, you will need to have a YouTube account.) We will be accepting emailed questions until 5 pm, the day before the Town Hall.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Imagine a Day Without Water 2020This year, our country faced an enormous public health crisis from the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout this emergency, water and wastewater systems kept the water flowing in homes, hospitals, and essential businesses. This crisis demonstrated the critical role that water and wastewater systems play in their communities, protecting public health, safeguarding the environment, and making a healthy economy possible.

It is easy to imagine how much worse the pandemic would have been without widespread access to water infrastructure. Without reliable drinking water and sanitation, Americans would be unable to stay safe and limit the spread. In communities with inadequate water and wastewater infrastructure, the public health consequences have been dire.

On October 21, Columbus Water Works (CWW) will join other water professionals, elected officials, non-profit organizations and water providers across the nation to raise awareness about the importance of water by recognizing the sixth annual “Imagine a Day Without Water”. It’s a day to pause and notice the way that water systems impact our lives and communities, and commit to ensuring a sustainable water future for generations to come.

Can you “Imagine a Day without Water?”

The intricate system of facilities and pipes, mostly deep underground that move and treat our drinking water is often forgotten. But could you imagine a day without any water - a day without safe, reliable water and wastewater service? A day without water means no water comes out of your tap to brush your teeth. When you flush the toilet, nothing happens. It means firefighters have no water to put out fires, farmers couldn’t water their crops, and doctors couldn’t wash their hands before they treat patients.

Millions of Americans take water service for granted every day. Turn on the tap, and clean water flows out. Flush the toilet, and dirty water goes away. Washing our hands regularly is one of the most important steps to take to limit the spread of coronavirus, and we usually don’t stop to think about the impressive infrastructure and treatment required to make sure the water comes out when you open the tap, or safely returns water to the environment from your sink. But the truth is, our water and wastewater systems are getting older -- some were installed a century ago -- and everyone should be concerned with the vulnerability of those systems.?

While we continue to enjoy high quality and reliable water service now, maintaining that level of service is going to be harder and harder as America’s water infrastructure continues to deteriorate. Meanwhile, new threats from record rainfalls, flooding, toxic algae, drought and wildfires threaten our critical water systems. There are even communities, especially in many rural places across the country, that have never had access to infrastructure in the first place.?

The water professionals at the Columbus Water Works recognize the vital role safe and reliable water plays in our community. We use a proactive process applied throughout our organization to address aging infrastructure, corrective and preventive maintenance, and replacement as well as future planning to accommodate the growing population’s water and wastewater needs. This Master Plan forecasts system needs for 25 years. It is updated every five (5) years, allowing for an accurate plan and funding allocation for current and future projects.

As we continue to look at ways to help lift our economy out of the recession, investing in water infrastructure is a winning solution. Investing in water creates cascading economic benefits, strengthening American competitiveness, raising GDP, creating jobs and increasing wages. Investing in water provides a path to economic recovery.

Imagine a Day Without Water is an opportunity for everyone to become educated about our local water systems and raise awareness with our elected leaders. We need leadership at every level to work together to ensure a reliable water future for generations to come. Investing in water is investing in a future where no American will have to imagine a day without water.

Although no system is perfect, Columbus Water Works is dedicated to working hard to ensure that our community never has to experience a day without water.

For more information about the Value of Water Coalition and its effort to raise awareness regarding the importance of water and its infrastructure, visit http://thevalueofwater.org/.

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Monday, October 05, 2020
Columbus Day 2020Columbus Day is upon us again, and as we do each year, we take a day to recognize the contribution of the well known explorer, Christopher Columbus.

Though it’s up for debate as to whether he was truly the first to step foot in the Americas, his voyage of 1492 nevertheless led to the beginnings of the United States as we know it.

Setting sail from Spain, and with the backing of the Spanish Catholic Monarch, the Italian explorer guided the ships the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria across the Atlantic Ocean in search of new lands.

Though not where he was aiming for, on Oct 7th, he and his crew landed in what is now known as the Bahamas. His discovery led to more and more explorers venturing west.

Columbus Day attempts to pay tribute to that discovery. Originally intended as a onetime event in 1892 for Italian-Americans to celebrate their heritage, after some lobbying to Congress in 1934, it was made an official national holiday by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is now celebrated each year on the second Monday of October.

So, whether you use today to celebrate Christopher Columbus, Italian-American heritage, or simply as a relaxing day with family and friends, we wish you a safe and happy day off!

Click here for more information of the history of Columbus Day.

In recognition of Columbus Day, our offices will be closed on Monday, October 12th, 2020. If you experience a water related emergency, please call 706-649-3400. Emergency crews will be available.

Let us know how you decided to celebrate your holiday by visiting us on Facebook.

Friday, October 02, 2020
Prepare for Winter Falling leaves, hot chocolate, and warm sweaters are a good sign that fall has finally arrived. It also means that winter and colder temperatures are right around the corner.

Though typically it's a time of gatherings and holiday celebrations, thanks to the current pandemic, there's a good chance we'll all be spending a bit more time at home than usual.

So, it's a good idea to take some time to prepare ourselves, our homes, and our vehicles for the upcoming season.

Steps for you and your family:
  • Look into getting a flu shot for you and your family.
  • Stock up or replenish your emergency first aid kit. It's a good idea to have one for your home and a smaller one for your vehicle.
  • Find a style of face mask that works best for each family member. Make sure it fits well, it's protective, and easy to wash.
  • Set a simple workout routine that will be fun and easy to stick to.
  • Keep a reusable water bottle for each family member handy in order to keep hydrated.
Steps for your home:
  • Clean out your gutters by removing all debris and making sure water can flow freely.
  • Repair or replace any loose shingles to prevent roof leaks.
  • Install weather stripping around doors and windows to keep out drafts.
  • Protect your pipes by insulating any exterior faucets and water lines.
  • Have a professional company come clean and inspect your fireplace and chimney.
  • Test smoke alarm batteries each month and be sure to replace the batteries twice a year.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector. These detectors are essential to keeping you and your family safe from this odorless, colorless gas.
  • Make sure you have flashlights with working batteries and/or candles handy in case of power outages.
  • Have a NOA weather radio to keep informed of potentially hazardous conditions.
Steps for your car:
  • Check your tire treads and replace if necessary.
  • Get your radiator serviced and check your antifreeze levels.
  • Top up your gas tank and try to keep it at least half full.
  • Purchase a car cover if it's susceptible to weather.
  • Get a windshield scraper or commercial de-icing spray to keep your windows clear.
  • Put together a car winter emergency kit to keep in your vehicle. A few things to include:
                o Cell phone car charger
                o Battery jumper cables
                o Flashlights and extra batteries
                o First aid kit
                o Emergency blanket 
                o Tire pump and a can of fix-a-flat

Taking a little time each year to prepare for winter can truly make all the difference in having a safe and comfortable season for you and your family. This year may be out of the ordinary, but taking these simple steps will help ensure that it's just a little bit easier.

We’d love to hear about how you plan to enjoy this winter season. Connect with us on Facebook…

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