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Boil Water Advisory for south Cobb County - FAQ’s

map of advisory area
June 11, 2019
  1. What happened?  A 36” water main belonging to the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority suffered a break early this morning.  While repairing it, water was cut off to the Cobb County Water Department system.  (The CCMWA sells water to Cobb County).
  2. Where did it happen?  Near Maner and Plant Atkinson Roads near I-285 in Cobb County.
  3. Why the Boil Water Advisory?  The Water Authority, in conjunction with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, thought the advisory was necessary due to the loss of water pressure and potential contamination.
  4. Which part of Cobb County is in the advisory?  Anyone who lives south of Macland and Windy Hill Roads up to I-75.  A map is attached.
  5. When do I need to boil water?  Any time water is being used for consumption - eating or drinking - even if used in something like a coffee maker or ice machine.  It is not necessary to boil tap water used for other household purposes, such as showering, laundry, or bathing.  Adults, teens, and older children can wash, bathe, or shower; however, they should avoid swallowing the water. Toddlers and infants should be sponge-bathed.
  6. How should tap water be boiled properly?  Water should be placed in a heat-resistant container or in an electric kettle without an automatic shut-off and brought to a rolling boil for 1 minute to kill all disease-causing organisms.  Water can also be boiled in a microwave oven using a microwave-safe container, but it is advisable to include a glass rod or wooden or plastic stir stick in the container to prevent the formation of superheated water (water heated above its boiling point, without the formation of steam). The water should then be cooled and poured into a clean container or refrigerated until you are ready to use it.
  7. How long will this last?  The Cobb County Water System does not believe their system completely lost pressure.  Test results should be available early Wednesday, and if they are okay the advisory will be lifted.
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Ross Cavitt | Cobb County Communications |