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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Maintenance is important in any line of work.
Columbia Cityâ€™s water department recently received recognition for some of its maintenance. The city was added as a member of the Cast Iron Pipe Century Club (CIPCC).
â€śAny town with active water mains with over 100 years of service gets recognized for keeping that water line in service,â€ť said Mike Dear, Columbia City water superintendent.
Dear did research and found 10â€ť mains on W. Van Buren St. and S. Chauncy St. were part of the original system installed in 1895 for the city, and they still provide service today.
The Cast Iron Pipe Research Association (CIPRA) began the CIPCC in 1947 to recognize utilities that have kept cast iron pipes in use for over 100 years. The Ductal Iron Pipe Research Association (DIPRA) has superseded the CIPRA and is now in charge of the century club.
Columbia City now joins over 630 utilities across the United States and Canada as century club members.