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Water Outages

Click here to view our planned water outages map.  If the map is blank, then there are currently no scheduled outages. Unplanned outages are not shown on this map. Unplanned outages occur when we need to shut off water to complete emergency repairs, such as for a broken pipe.

Tips to prepare for a planned water outage...

Pre-Water Outage - If a water outage is planned in your neighborhood there are a few simple things you can do to prepare.

  • Purchase bottled water for potable needs like drinking, brushing teeth, making baby food or formula, and provide fresh water to pets.  Our planned outages are usually less than 10 hours and we make every effort to complete the needed work as quickly as possible.  One to two gallons should be more than adequate for most people.
  • Plan for the family to bathe or shower the night before the planned outage.
  • Make sure tasks like laundry and dishwashing are completed prior to the planned outage.
  • Fill the bathtub with water prior to the planned outage.  This water can be used for non-potable needs like flushing toilets, washing up, and basic cleaning.
  • Have hand sanitizer available for quick hygiene needs.

Post-Water Outage - Once we restore the water there are a few things that you should do to restore your home plumbing system.

Outages can cause air in the lines as they repressurize.  This can be in the form of rapid spurts of water from the fixtures as the lines refill and a white, bubbly, or foamy appearance to water when a glass is filled.  This will dissipate as the water sits in the glass.

  • Allow water to run from a fixture near the end of your home's plumbing system to eliminate the air in the lines.

Turning water on and off can cause debris to be stirred up in-home plumbing lines resulting in discolored water that may appear brown, yellow or tinged red. 

  • Please check the water prior washing clothes or dishes to make sure it is clear.
  • If the water is discolored flush the system by opening a large fixture like a tub faucet and allowing the water to run until it runs clear.

If for some reason these issues do not resolve, contact Cobb County Water System for further assistance at [email protected].