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  • The Pipeline : Blog Title
    You As a part of the holiday season we encourage you to lend a helping hand to others who may be less fortunate through donations or volunteering It is amazing the impact we can have by simply lending a helping hand and showing others that we care For opportunities to help others in the community we recommend reaching out to local food banks charities or churches Columbus Water Works would also like to thank you for all of your support as we continue to work hard maintaining a safe and quality drinking water supply for you and your families In recognition of Thanksgiving our offices will be closed both Thursday and Friday and will re open Monday December 2 2013 Posted By Columbus Water Works At 12 01 PM Comments 0 Monday November 11 2013 Protect the Environment this Holiday Season During the holiday season many families will gather together for meals and celebration After the turkey or chicken is cooked what does your family do with the grease Some families seal it in a plastic container and throw it out with the garbage some save it for future use and others may pour it down the kitchen drain or toilet Did you know that even if cooking grease is poured down the drain as a liquid and tap water is run to wash it down it can still clog the sewer line Fats Oils and Grease FOG are major culprits in clogging up the sewer lines because they slowly harden and will make it difficult for the sewage to flow to the treatment plants The toughest part is that these clogs do not only affect the person pouring grease down the drains it can clog the lines for an entire neighborhood As these clogs grow the wastewater has nowhere to go and can back up into your home or overflow from manholes and end up in our streams and rivers When this happens it can be damaging to the environment At the Columbus Water Works CWW we value family celebrations and holiday traditions Fry your turkeys a nd chickens and enjoy your holidays CWW would like to help you dispose of your cooking grease without putting it down the drains so we are hosting another Grease Recycling Pick up event where you can bring your cooking grease and we will handle the rest All you have to do is collect your old cooking grease in any container and bring it to one of our Grease Recycling events The next event is January 11 2014 from 10am to 2pm Click here for details It is also important to know that FOG is not the only household item that blocks the sewer lines Baby wipes flushable wipes feminine products and paper towels are just a few other items that can have a strong impact on maintaining a clear sewer system If you would like to learn more about what not to flush please click here Grease Disposal Tips You can save

    Original URL path: http://www.cwwga.org/blog_index.aspx?menuID=265&date=2013_11 (2016-05-01)
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  • The Pipeline : Blog Title
    the natural resources of this region We recognize the importance of our roles Our missions and values were developed with the importance to our customers in mind The Strategic Plan was developed using our employees stakeholders and quarterly Customer Satisfaction Survey results as the driving forces to identify issues and areas of opportunity for improvement The strategic planning process includes careful examination of the water utility industry our organization s capabilities and the dynamic forces that impact CWW This Plan uses a comprehensive and cohesive approach to ensure CWWs business goals are achieved The Strategic Plan identifies six key initiatives to fulfill CWWs mission To provide our community a safe and dependable drinking water supply enhance our water resources by collecting and treating wastewater and promote a legacy of responsible economic and environmental stewardship The initiatives are as follows 1 Enhance Customer Satisfaction 2 Strengthen Regional Partnerships 3 Leverage Information Technology 4 Optimize Infrastructure Performance 5 Develop Sustainable Workforce 6 Maintain Financial Stability Columbus Water Works is committed to enhancing the quality of life for our customers in our region and then some For a copy of our FY 2013 strategic booklet please click here Posted By Columbus Water Works At 10 21 AM Comments 0 Tuesday October 08 2013 Securely Managing Muscogee County s Water and Wastewater Resources A primary go al o f the Columbus Water Works CWW is to provide safe drinking water with adequate volume and pressure for domestic commercial and industrial use as well as fire protection As CWW works to meet these goals we must also prepare for emergencies To be prepared CWW has developed an Emergency Response Plan to avoid impacts to public health caused by an emergency This plan also addresses re establishing service following an emergency and minimizing damage to our

    Original URL path: http://www.cwwga.org/blog_index.aspx?menuID=265&date=2013_10 (2016-05-01)
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    and pumps requiring a lot of time consuming removal of wipes and costly repairs This is a problem that is also affecting Columbus Georgia Like other utilities Columbus Water Works CWW has installed grinder units at several locations in Columbus to grind up the un dissolved wipes to help with this problem but the truth is that these grinder units are not completely solving the problem CWW spends on average 846 man hours cleaning out the clogged pumps and lines every year In addition to the man hours needed these clogs can lead to damages and costly repairs The additional repairs and cleanings directly impact the costs of operating your utility Above photo is of a CWW grinder pump clogged by wipes What can you do to help Be careful what you flush If you are unsure if an item can is flushable just remember that human waste and toilet tissue are the only items to be flushed For more information on flushable materials Check out our blog article Environmental Tips National Association of Clean Water Agencies NACWA has also issued a story on flushable wipes Click here to view Posted By Columbus Water Works At 12 00 AM Comments 1 Wednesday September 04 2013 What s your water worth When the well s dry we know the value of water Benjamin Franklin Every day millions of people turn on their faucets but give little thought to the water that streams out We drink it bathe in it swim in it and cook with it Have you thought about how much water is required to produce the things used in your daily life Almost every manufacturing process from clothes to cars to food to computers all depend on water Did you know Many people believe that bottled water is a

    Original URL path: http://www.cwwga.org/blog_index.aspx?menuID=265&date=2013_9 (2016-05-01)
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    our wastewater utility from a pain in the drain put wipes rags and towels in the trash not the toilet Did You Know C ol umbus Water Works pulls 440 to 550 gallons of wipes out of two of their pump stations each month from wipe clogs Fats Oils and Grease FOG Grease sticks to household and sewage pipes as well as trash Over time grease build up will block the entire pipe and result in raw sewage backing up into our homes or overflowing into the street or waterway Running hot water down the sink simultaneously with the frying oil does not keep it from solidifying in the pipes It s already cold by the time it hits the larger system and can plug pipes completely We should never pour grease in our sink drain or toilet Use the garbage disposal sparingly Instead compost vegetable food waste and save gallons of water every time We need to pour our grease and oil into a can and put it in the trash or better yet save it and bring to one of Columbus Water Works recycling events Unused Medications When we don t properly dispose of our medications they make their way into the drinking water We do not need to flush unused medicines or pour them down the drain or toilet Instead we should throw our medications into the trash Medications are incinerated or buried in landfills Better yet use drug take back programs Drop off unused medications at specified locations in our community Drug take back programs are organized by state and local governments and also by private institutions including pharmacy chains We can also bring our unused medicines to one of Columbus Water Works recycling events Columbus Water Works next Grease and Pharmaceutical Recycling Event is January 11 2014 For more information please call 706 649 3454 Helpful hint Print out the You Flushed What flyer and post it in your bathroom or kitchen to remind yourself what needs to be thrown away View a printable version of this flyer PDF Posted By Columbus Water Works At 12 00 AM Comments 0 Friday August 09 2013 Thank you Columbus Water Works would like to say THANK YOU to all those who came out and supported the Grease and Pharmaceutical Recycling Event on Saturday August 3 2013 The response from the public was outstanding Those who participated demonstrated the willingness and personal effort to do your part in helping us protect the environment Columbus Water Works Sewage Collection System Wastewater Treatment Plant and especially the waters of the Chattahoochee River T hank you to the Muscogee County Sheriff Department for their involvement collecting a stash of unused unwanted and expired medicine from the community and the surrounding area Thank you to Wal mart on Airport Thruway and K Mart on Macon Road for allowing us to utilize your property for the recycling event W e are Proud Partners with Keep Columbus Beautiful and would like to thank them

    Original URL path: http://www.cwwga.org/blog_index.aspx?menuID=265&date=2013_8 (2016-05-01)
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  • The Pipeline : Blog Title
    Posts Emergency Sewer Line Replacement Road Closure on Warm Springs Road Water Professionals Gather for Georgia Association of Water Professionals Annual Spring Conference in Columbus Georgia Traffic Impact Expected April 5 and 6 Along 2nd Avenue Riverwalk Clean up Continues Columbus Water System is in Good Shape TRAFFIC IMPACT EXPECTED ALONG 2ND AVENUE Fire Hydrant Pressure Gauges Frequently Asked Questions about Lead in Drinking Water Columbus Water Works Response to the Water Crisis in Flint Michigan What s Your Water Really Worth Archives April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 June 2013 Subscribe RSS 2 0 Feed The Pipeline Friday June 28 2013 NEW SITE COMING SOON Columbus Water Works is excited about our new blog Look for interesting blogs on river issues environmental stewardship and the value of water We are looking forward to blogging with you Posted By CMS Admin At 12 00 AM Comments 0 Results CALL BEFORE YOU DIG

    Original URL path: http://www.cwwga.org/blog_index.aspx?menuID=265&date=2013_6 (2016-05-01)
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  • The Pipeline : VICTORY DRIVE TO REOPEN
    Georgia Traffic Impact Expected April 5 and 6 Along 2nd Avenue Riverwalk Clean up Continues Columbus Water System is in Good Shape TRAFFIC IMPACT EXPECTED ALONG 2ND AVENUE Fire Hydrant Pressure Gauges Frequently Asked Questions about Lead in Drinking Water Columbus Water Works Response to the Water Crisis in Flint Michigan What s Your Water Really Worth Archives April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 June 2013 Subscribe RSS 2 0 Feed The Pipeline Thursday January 14 2016 VICTORY DRIVE TO REOPEN Victory Drive will reopen to all traffic this evening Thursday January 14 2016 by 8 00 p m following the completion of emergency sewer main repair work by the Columbus Water Works The road was closed on January 3 2016 after a large sanitary sewer main collapsed on Victory Drive in the east bound lane Thank you for your patience and understanding while this work was being completed Posted By Columbus

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  • The Pipeline : News Release
    Division EPD There have been several backups into homes as well CWW continues to work with our insurance claims adjuster and property owners to resolve these issues As the river and creeks levels recede CWW staff will inspect sewer lines that are vulnerable to aggressive erosion to determine damages if any The South Columbus Water Resources Facility SCWRF the wastewater plant was flooded The river level was so high that the gravity flow through the plant was impeded and the effluent sampler was submerged Staff had to access the plant via boat There was some leakage into the waterproof buildings Staff are making assessments of the damages which appear minimal at this time Due to excellent response by the plant staff the biological processes were hopefully protected allowing the plant to be quickly restored to operating conditions The plant is operational It will take several days pending laboratory analysis to determine if the plant has been restored to permit compliance The muddy river water stressed the North Columbus Water Resources Facility NCWRF the drinking water treatment plant in removing turbidity The plant experienced some mechanical failures even with redundancy that impeded the alum and lime feed systems that cause the muddy particles to settle out As a result of the mechanical failure higher than normal levels of alum passed through the filters into the distribution system The disinfection process was not impacted and chlorine residual testing leaving the plant and in the distribution system indicate effective disinfection The mechanical problems have been corrected and water production was restored to its high quality on Dec 26th The drinking water is safe but cloudier than normal The Fort Benning water plant was off line during the event and was not impacted CWW is flushing the system based on customer calls It may

    Original URL path: http://www.cwwga.org/blogpost/socialmedia_blog/newsrelease.aspx (2016-05-01)
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  • The Pipeline : Columbus Water Works Public Notification
    Gauges Frequently Asked Questions about Lead in Drinking Water Columbus Water Works Response to the Water Crisis in Flint Michigan What s Your Water Really Worth Archives April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 June 2013 Subscribe RSS 2 0 Feed The Pipeline Monday December 28 2015 Columbus Water Works Public Notification Due to recent heavy rains our Columbus water treatment plant experienced very high levels of turbidity cloudiness in our source water which is pumped from Lake Oliver During this stressed condition on December 25th 26th the water treatment plant also experienced malfunctions in the equipment used to feed Alum and Lime that settle the turbidity cloudiness out of the water As a result four turbidity readings on the filtered water were above the standard set by the EPA On finished water leaving the plant temporary discoloration was caused by an imbalance of treatment chemicals primarily the Alum and Lime which are mineral based and commonly used in drinking water treatment Chlorine disinfection was maintained throughout this period to eliminate bacteria The equipment malfunctions were repaired and normal plant treatment operation restored by 11 30 PM on December 26th Columbus Water Works began systematically flushing the discolored water out of the distribution system However some discoloration may remain in areas of the distribution system for the next few days Although the water is safe to drink if you do experience discoloration try flushing for a few minutes If the water does not clear within a few minutes please contact Columbus Water Works

    Original URL path: http://www.cwwga.org/blogpost/socialmedia_blog/columbuswaterworkspublicnotification.aspx (2016-05-01)
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