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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

When we think of Memorial Day, many of us think about gathering with family, cookouts, and watching fireworks after dark. Memorial Day is much more than socializing; it’s a time to honor those who served our country during times of war. Observed on the last Monday in May, it was created in recognition of the end of the Civil War. Originally, it was known as “Decoration Day” to honor the lives lost fighting the Civil War. During World War I, the holiday evolved to include honoring all soldiers who have served in the military.

The U.S. Congress later established a National Moment of Remembrance, asking Americans to pause in an act of unity for one minute in tribute to those who fought for our freedom. Without the sacrifices of these brave men and women, our country would not be the great nation that we are today. We ask that you remember the many lives lost and join us for a moment of silence at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day.

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In observance of Memorial Day, Columbus Water Works’ offices will be closed on Monday, May 31, 2021. If you experience a water-related emergency, please call 706-649-3400. Emergency Crews will be available.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Spring is finally here! With Spring comes warmer temperatures, drier days and more time spent outdoors. Maintaining a lawn during this season can be a bit difficult. Not only that, but landscaping on a dry, unhealthy lawn can cause a multitude of issues. Below are a few tips to help you care for your lawn and your landscaping projects this spring.

Remember it’s always a good idea to call BEFORE you begin any mechanized digging on your property. This will ensure that you don’t cause harm to yourself or damage to your property. For more information on call BEFORE you dig, visit Call811.com

 Keeping your lawn healthy:

  1. Mow High: The taller your grass is, the healthier your lawn will be. There is a one-to-one relationship between the height of the grass and the depth of the roots. If you are moving at two inches, you will have two inches of roots. The higher your roots are the less prone they are to drought.
  2. Water when dry: Most grass needs between one and one-an-a-half inches of water per week, especially during the dry months. Water heavily but infrequently (once per week) in the morning to reduce the possibility of a drought.
  3. Vary mowing pattern: Changing your moving pattern ensures that you are not running over the same areas of grass every time you mow. Running over the same areas of grass can cause bald spots and weaken the grass.
  4. Watch the clock or get a timer. Make sure you are watering your lawn responsibly. Over watering or under watering of your lawn can lead to undesirable results. A timer will automatically shut off your sprinkler, which ensures that your lawn will get a proper watering.

Tips for landscaping:

1.      Get a tarp: Use a tarp to move lightweight bulky debris like leaves and weeds. Use it to hold soil when digging a hole, to keep the grass clean.

2.      Use weed fabric: Landscape fabric is useful under gravel or mulch walkways to keep the material from sinking into the soil. Skip the weed barrier fabric in planted areas. Weeds can start growing in the mulch on top of the fabric.

3.      Create an edge: Make a natural edge around the bed instead of buying plastic or metal edging.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Many people today turn on their water faucet and flush their toilets without thinking about the technology behind it or the role that infrastructure plays in the process. Properly maintained infrastructure is essential to providing our community with reliable water service.

Water service doesn’t just stop at the tap - it goes through an intricate system containing pipes, pumps, storage tanks, and treatment facilities before it reaches your faucet. CWW has been providing water to the community for over 100 years and is consistently monitoring our infrastructure to ensure it's up to standards.

Before we dive into how our system operates today, let’s learn a little about the history of our community’s infrastructure.

In 1828 when Columbus, Georgia was established, water was transported from the Leonard Spring to Broad Street, through 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 sealed to hold in water. At several intersections along Broad Street, riser pipes with faucets were then installed, and people came with pitchers and buckets, paying five cents per vessel.

After Columbus Water Works was founded in 1902, the pine log pipe systems were then replaced with cast iron pipes which last longer and provide more reliable service.

Overtime, our water system infrastructure has had to evolve to accommodate modern society’s needs. Today, CWW serves the community through both underground and above ground infrastructure.

Below ground, the system has over 1,400 miles of water pipeline and more than 1,180 miles of sewer lines. Above ground, there are 22 water storage tanks, more than 9,250 fire hydrants, 86 sewage pumping stations, 17 water booster pump stations and five major treatment plants. Each of the treatment plants oversee the regulation of a different water source.

  • South Columbus Water Resources Facility - maintains wastewater
  • Fort Benning Water Treatment Plant - maintains safe, regulated drinking water
  • North Columbus Water Resources Facility - maintains safe, regulated drinking water
  • Uptown Park Combined Sewer Treatment Facility - maintains combined sewer treatment
  • South Commons Combined Sewer Treatment Facility - maintains combined sewer treatment

Our staff is committed to monitoring, maintaining and upgrading infrastructure to ensure delivery of reliable, clean water that meets all regulation standards. 
Monday, May 03, 2021
Today is Water Professionals Appreciation Day in Georgia! We are proud of the dedication and demonstrated skill that our water professionals have displayed this past year. Despite the potential health risks of the pandemic, our staff made sure that our community had the safe and reliable services we depend on. 

Follow the links below to learn more about Water Professionals Day, National Drinking Water Week and the services Columbus Water Works provides.

Thank you for trusting Columbus Water Works to supply your drinking water!

For more information about Water Professional Appreciation Day, click here.

For more information about Drinking Water Week, click here.

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