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Columbus City Utilities Quality Control Lab Gets A+ During Audit

Columbus City Utilities Quality Control Lab has passed its Indiana Wastewater Environment Association (IWEA) Laboratory Excellence Award Audit with a 99.8% grade. The IWEA Laboratory Excellence Award is awarded for outstanding achievement in the implementation of laboratory techniques and administration. It recognizes those laboratories that demonstrate a high level of [...]

2024 Water Quality Report Now Available

The Columbus City Utilities Annual Water Quality Report covering the period from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023 is now available. Please click here to view the report and learn more about your drinking water. The URL link will be included on June bills to customers, and customers receiving a [...]

New Billing System Launching June 2024

[versión en español] Begins in June 2024 Columbus City Utilities is Launching a New Billing System Every customer will receive a new paper invoice by mail in June, 2024. Look for your new five-digit account number when you receive your new bill. Columbus [...]

Nuevo sistema de facturación a partir de junio de 2024

June 2024 Columbus City Utilities lanzará un nuevo sistema de facturación Cada cliente recibirá una nueva factura en papel por correo en junio de 2024. Busque su nuevo número de cuenta de cinco dígitos cuando reciba su nueva factura. Columbus City Utilities lanzará [...]

Safe Drinking Water Week 2024

Columbus City Utilities  joins communities across North America in celebrating Drinking Water Week, an annual observance led by the American Water Works Association. Taking place May 5-11 this year, Drinking Water Week serves to highlight the importance of safe drinking water and recognize the tireless efforts of local water professionals [...]

CCU Engineer Receives Certification

Ashley Getz, Columbus City Utilities’ Engineer has completed Phase 1 of the Certified Public Manager program through Ball State University. Phase 1 of the program enables students to learn the tools, techniques and concepts that help a public manager direct and manage personnel within the manager’s organization. The methods taught [...]

City Utilities Warns About Frozen Pipes

With forecasted temperatures getting into the single digits over the weekend, Columbus City Utilities wants to recommend that its customers take precautions to prevent their home water lines becoming frozen. Leaving a small amount of water (no more than a pencil lead thickness) running in the faucet farthest from the [...]

CCU Employee Wins Award

Columbus City Utilities employee, Chris Murray was awarded the Joe Taylor Spirit Award at this year’s Southern Indiana Operators Association (SIOA) meeting on November 29 in Osgood, Indiana. Chris has worked at CCU for 25 years and was selected as the 2023 recipient due to his commitment to CCU and [...]

CCU Quality Control Lab Receives Lab of the Year Award

The Columbus City Utilities Quality Control Lab received the 2023 Laboratory of the Year award from the Southern Indiana Operators Association on November 29 at the SIOA meeting in Osgood, Indiana. The CCU lab is staffed with only 4 employees and ran over 18,500 laboratory tests for the city in [...]

CCU Participates in National Wastewater Operations Challenge

In May of this year, Columbus City Utilities employees participated in the IWEA (Indiana Water Environment Association) Wastewater Challenge in Lafayette. The team placed second overall and advanced to the Water Environment Federation’s WEFTEC in Chicago in October to participate in the 2023 Operations Challenge. A total of 55 US [...]

Summer Sewer Allowance Ending

The summer sewer allowance will be coming to an end at the end of September, shown on October bills. Your summer sewer allowance will be coming to an end approximately 30 days from the end meter reading date shown on your bill. Please adjust your usage accordingly.

CCU Employees Win IWEA Awards

Several Columbus City Utilities employees attended the Indiana Water Environment Association (IWEA) conference in Fort Wayne on August 23 – 25. IWEA is an association dedicated to preserving and protecting Indiana’s waterways by educating its members and the citizens of Indiana about the importance of our water environment. Two Columbus [...]

PFAS – Frequently Asked Questions

What are PFAS and why were they developed? These are chemical compounds initially designed in the 1940s to make life easier, better or safer. They have been used to fight fires and recover oil, and to produce medical equipment, food packaging, cleaning products, nonstick cookware, stain- and water-resistant coatings, paints, [...]

Announcement of Quality Control (QC) Lab Results

DATE:                        July 27, 2023 TOPIC:                       Water Proficiency Study PURPOSE:                 Announcement of Quality Control (QC) Lab Results ANNOUNCEMENT As a Certified Laboratory, the QC Lab is required to participate in Proficiency Testing in water and wastewater annually.  QC Lab received the results for the 2023 Water Study.  We are excited to [...]

Water Storage Tank Groundbreaking Ceremony

Columbus City Utilities held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 7 for a new water storage tank that is being constructed at the former Walesboro airport property near the corner of Deaver Road and South CR 175W.  The new tank will be able to hold 2 million gallons of water and [...]

New Business Hours

To better serve our customers, Columbus City Utilities has changed its business hours. The office located at 1111 McClure Road is open Monday through Friday and new hours are: Lobby – 7:00 am to 4:00 pm Dive Up Window – 7:00 am to 5:00 pm   Customers who need to [...]

2023 Water Quality Report Now Available

The Columbus City Utilities Annual Water Quality Report covering the period from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022 is now available. Please click here to view the report and learn more about your drinking water. The URL link will be included on June bills to customers, and customers receiving [...]

Columbus City Utilities Wins Wastewater Challenge

The Indiana Wastewater Environment Association (IWEA) Wastewater Challenge is an event that happens once a year and brings operators and professionals from around the state to compete in seven different events in one day. These events test the skills, knowledge, and experience in various tasks that are involved with wastewater. [...]

Hydrant Flow Testing to Begin

As part of Columbus City Utilities’ annual hydrant flow testing program, M.E. Simpson will be flushing hydrants in different areas of the city for a 3-week period starting May 8. The purpose of the hydrant flow testing is to confirm system pressure and flow rates for public health and firefighting. [...]

CCU Welcomes New Manager of Business and Finance

Jamie Brinegar has accepted the role of Manager of Business and Finance Operations and will be joining Columbus City Utilities on April 3. Jamie has extensive experience with 16 years of Risk Management, 18 years in Finance, and 7 years in Operations. Jamie previously served as the director for business [...]

CCU Welcomes New Manager of Treatment Operations

We welcomed Erin Johnson to Columbus City Utilities on March 20 as the new Manager of Treatment Operations. Erin came from the City of Connersville and has solid experience in both water and wastewater operations managing the daily operations and the maintenance of the Connersville water and wastewater plants. Erin [...]

Columbus City Utilities Reopens Lobby after Renovations

COLUMBUS, INDIANA – Columbus City Utilities recently completed renovations to its lobby and business office that has kept the lobby closed to customers since September 2022. Customers may now walk into the building for face-to-face service or continue to use the drive-thru, phone, or online services. The renovation project included [...]

New Wastewater Superintendent Announced

Travis Calhoun has been hired as Columbus City Utilities’ Wastewater Plant Superintendent. He began working at the Utilities in June 2012 in the Water Distribution department and transferred to the Wastewater Treatment Plant in September 2013. Travis is involved in Southern Indiana Operator’s Association (SIOA) and was a previous president [...]

CCU Retirement Announcement

Mark Joslin retired from Columbus City Utilities on 12/13/2022 after 43 years of service. He began working at our Wastewater Treatment Plant in 1979 and held the same position during his 43 years of service, which made him the local expert in Wastewater Treatment Operations. It is estimated he has [...]

Columbus City Utilities Wins SIOA Plant of the Year Honors for Second Year

On December 7, 2022, Columbus City Utilities (CCU) was once again awarded the Plant of the Year honors by the Southern Indiana Operators Association (SIOA) at their annual meeting. The award was presented to CCU in recognition of the excellence displayed at its wastewater plant, located on South Jonesville Road [...]

Columbus City Utilities Randy Duckworth Receives IWEA Operator of the Year Award

At its Annual Meeting on August 18, the Indiana Water Environment Association (IWEA) awarded its Operator of the Year Award to Columbus City Utilities’ own Randy Duckworth. The award was given in recognition of his “long-standing contribution to the success of his Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF), service that goes [...]

Columbus City Utilities Main Entrance Closing September 6 for Renovations

Columbus City Utilities office building, located at 1111 McClure Road in Columbus, will be closing its main entrance beginning September 6, 2022, in order to accommodate renovations to the building. Beginning September 6, no customers will be permitted to enter the building. Columbus City Utilities staff will be relocated to [...]

Legal Notice of Filing for a Change in Rates and Charges

LEGAL NOTICE OF FILING FOR A CHANGE IN RATES AND CHARGES BY THE CITY OF COLUMBUS WATER UTILITY Bartholomew County, Indiana Notice is hereby given that City of Columbus Water Utility, Bartholomew County, Indiana, under and pursuant to the Public Service Commission Act, as amended, filed with the Indiana Utility [...]

Summer Hours Begin May 23, 2022

Columbus City Utilities will be open for modified hours beginning May 23 through August 5, 2022. Regular hours will resume on Monday, August 8, 2022. Lobby Hours: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm Drive-up Window Hours: 7:00 – 5:00 pm

Columbus City Utilities Celebrates Drinking Water Week

On May 1, Columbus City Utilities and its partners throughout North America will kick off Drinking Water Week celebrations by showcasing the different ways tap water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 1-7 this year. Columbus City Utilities is observing Drinking Water Week by recognizing [...]

Cross Connection Control (Backflow Prevention) Notice

LAWN SPRINKLERS – Federal, state, and local regulations require every municipal water supplier to develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive Cross Connection Control program designed to safeguard the public water supply. Cross connections are sometimes protected by a valve called a backflow preventer. Backflow preventers are the property of the [...]

Columbus City Utilities Releases 2021 Annual Report

Columbus City Utilities has released its 2021 Annual Report. The report outlines accomplishments by the utility in the last year, as well as upcoming planned projects. Download/View the Annual Report Print copies are available by request by calling the Columbus City Utilities office at (812) 372-8861.

Precautionary Boil Water Advisory Notice: Coovert Street

Precautionary Boil Water Advisory Notice 2022 Shut Down Date:                   Tuesday, February 8, 2022 Area Affected:                       COOVERT STREET Public Water System ID:     5203002 Columbus City Utilities has issued a Precautionary Boil Water Advisory for Covert Street between Kentucky and State This precautionary measure is necessary due to a shutdown associated with [...]

Columbus City Utilities Travis Calhoun Receives IWEA Operator Spotlight Award

The Indiana Water Environment Association (IWEA) recently awarded its first Operator Spotlight to Columbus City Utilities’ own Travis Calhoun. The award was given in recognition of “extraordinary talent, enthusiasm, and commitment to the water environment industry”. Calhoun has served Columbus City Utilities for over 9 years, and currently serves as [...]

Columbus City Utilities Wins SIOA Plant of the Year Honors

On December 8, 2021, Columbus City Utilities (CCU) was awarded the Plant of the Year honors by the Southern Indiana Operators Association (SIOA) at their annual meeting in Franklin, Indiana. The award was presented to CCU in recognition of the excellence displayed at its wastewater plant, located on South Jonesville [...]

Precautionary Boil Water Advisory Lift: 5th Street Hydrant Replacement

Project:  5th Street Hydrant Replacement Today’s Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 Area Affected: 5th Street/Pleasant Grove Public Water System ID:     5203002 Columbus City Utilities has lifted a precautionary boil water advisory for customers in the area of 5th Street and Pleasant Grove. The boil water advisory has been lifted as of 3:00 [...]

Precautionary Boil Advisory Water Notice Lift: Ashwood Ct., Ashwood Dr., Walnut Grove, Holly Way, Crump Lane (East of Ashwood)

Project: Ashwood Ct Today’s Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021 Area Affected: ASHWOOD CT/ASHWOOD DR/WALNUT GROVE/HOLLY WAY/ CRUMP LANE (EAST OF ASHWOOD) Public Water System ID:     5203002 Columbus City Utilities has lifted a precautionary boil water advisory for customers in the area of ASHWOOD CT/ASHWOOD DR/WALNUT GROVE/HOLLY WAY/ CRUMP LANE (EAST OF ASHWOOD) The [...]

Kelso named Columbus City Utilities Director

Story originally published on November 3, 2021 by The Republic newspaper After eight months of searching, Columbus City Utilities has appointed a new director. The department announced Tuesday that Nashville Utility Service Board President Roger Kelso has been chosen for the position. He has more than 45 years of [...]

Precautionary Boil Water Lift Notice: Grove Parkway Hydrant Repair

Columbus City Utilities has lifted a Precautionary Boil Water Advisory for customers in the area of Grove Parkway. The boil water advisory has been lifted as of 4:00 p.m. Thursday, September 2, 2021. Anyone with additional questions can call the Water Service Hotline at 812-418-6435.  Columbus City Utilities appreciates everyone’s [...]