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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Where we stand on Infrastructure
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. 
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