Musty Taste & Odor
Occasionally Columbus water has an earthy, musty or fishy taste & odor, which may be objectionable, but poses no health concern.
Additional treatment techniques are in place to help alleviate this seasonal event.
Learn about: cold weather energy savings (and how to get a rebate for a programmable thermostat), what to do if your pipes freeze (& how to prevent it), water main breaks, sledding & outdoor activities, mulching your garden for winter with Com-Til (while we still have temperate weather), keeping storm drains clear & more.
Water Main Break FAQ's
Please report suspected water main breaks to 311 or 645-3111 immediately (Monday - Friday 7a.m. - 6p.m.) or to 645-7788 after hours and weekends.
Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about water main breaks.
Do Not Pour Cooking Oils & Grease Down the Drain after Preparing Holiday Meals.
Fats, oils & grease (FOG) can clog sewers, resulting in basement backups & costly repairs. Learn how to properly dispose of grease or reuse it...read more
Our Commitment to Water Quality
Columbus provides a variety of services to protect both surface & drinking water quality. We work with communities upstream to help reduce the impact of agricultural activities. In our own community, we partner with landowners adjacent to our reservoirs and monitor construction sites to limit sedimentation that can impact local waterways. We also protect the quality of life downstream by discharging clean water from our wastewater treatment plants.
Consumer Confidence Report (CCR)
Public Utilities' customers can consume their water with confidence, knowing it meets ALL of the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Read more about: annual water quality report, rigorous testing performed daily, common water quality concerns...
Columbus' Watershed Management Program
A high quality water supply source allows us to provide Columbus area residents with excellent drinking water at a reasonable cost. Our watershed program's focus is to protect our drinking water source and supply.