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waterSmartSM is a water conservation education program initiated by the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) in 2000. CCMWA is a regional public utility that provides wholesale potable water to customers in Cobb County, Paulding County, and parts of Cherokee, Fulton and Douglas Counties. It is the second largest supplier of potable water in Georgia. The mission of waterSmart is to educate citizens throughout their service area about the value of water and the importance of indoor and outdoor water conservation and to encourage sustainable, year-round conservation, regardless of climate conditions.

In 2005 Cobb County Water System became a partner in the waterSmart program to ensure residents had access to conservation information and materials. The programs and materials created through the waterSmart education program are available to all of CCMWA’s wholesale customers and the citizens they serve.

The waterSmart program sponsors three contests each year to give students at all grade levels an opportunity to learn about water conservation and the value of water.

The 13th Annual Allatoona Ally & Tappy Turtle Coloring Book is here!

MARIETTA, Ga. (Jan. 31, 2018) - The Cobb County Water System and the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) congratulate the 12 Cobb County elementary school students selected as this year’s winners of the 13th Annual Allatoona Ally & Tappy Turtle Artist Challenge. Cobb County fourth- and fifth-grade students were invited to create coloring book illustrations depicting Lake Allatoona’s own ambassador, Allatoona Ally, and her friend from Cobb Water, Tappy Turtle, about water conservation. The challenge received nearly 600 entries from 11 participating schools.

The winners of the 2018 Allatoona Ally & Tappy Turtle Artist Challenge include:

Emma Holland Due West ES Kendall Boone Bullard ES
Kaitlyn Price Frey ES Nisha Banerjee Mountainview ES
Mireya Garcia Green Acres ES Lily Allen Sope Creek ES
Ava Junger King Springs ES Saige Demeritte Big Shanty ES
Sophie Ward Harmony Leland ES Rayana Williams Big Shanty ES
Katelyn Kloss Lewis ES Di’Annie Quinones Varner ES

The illustration by Emma Holland at Due West Elementary was selected as the cover art for the 13th Anniversary Edition of the “Allatoona Ally & Tappy Turtle” coloring book.

2018 Allatoona Ally Coloring Book Contest Winners

Pictured in photo: Cobb students along with Cobb School Board Vice Chair, David Chastain and Laura LaQuaglia, Supervisor, Learning Design and Visual Arts for Cobb Schools.

Be sure to visit Tappy Turtle’s Facebook Page for pictures of last year’s event or DOWNLOAD THE 2018 COLORING BOOK HERE.[PDF]

For additional information on the Allatoona Ally & Tappy Turtle Artist Challenge, please email or call 770-419-6303.

Gallery of our Coloring Artwork Winners

Cobb County Water System Announces
8th Annual waterSmart waterArt Finalists

– Cobb County students featured in artists’ exhibition and 2018 waterArt calendar –

Marietta, Ga. (Nov. 16, 2017) – Cobb County middle school students have merged their artistic talents with their passion for water conservation in the eighth annual visual arts contest, waterSmart waterArt. The waterSmart waterArt contest is a collaborative program of the Cobb County Water System (CCWS) and Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) that encourages students’ creativity while emphasizing the value of water.

One hundred eleven students from seven Cobb County middle schools submitted artwork, which was judged on artistic ability, relevance, and creativity.

“waterSmart waterArt gives middle school students the opportunity to use their artistic talents to explore water conservation and value from their own perspective,” says Kathy Nguyen, senior project manager for the Cobb County Water System. “This year’s entries did a great job demonstrating why water conservation for future generations must begin now. We look forward to using the 2018 waterSmart calendar to share that knowledge with our community.”

“We are always impressed by the artwork submitted by the middle school students of Cobb County,” says Becky Mixon, waterSmart program director. “It’s wonderful to see how creative the students are in representing the value of water through their art. Given that Lake Lanier is still 5+ feet below full pool, the messages these students provide is very valuable,” Mixon says.

The cover winner was announced at the finalists’ reception on Nov. 16 at The Art Station – Big Shanty. The top 12 entries plus two honorable mentions will be featured in the 2018 waterSmart waterArt calendar that will be distributed throughout Cobb County. This year’s finalists are:

Thulsy Krishnan* Simpson MS Abigail McCoy Barber MS
Chloe Morris Lovinggood MS Shreya Sudakar JJ Daniell MS
Areli Garcia Floyd MS Isabella Humara Hightower Trail MS
Abby Lynes Simpson MS Maria Herrera Floyd MS
Madison Howard Lovinggood MS Emily Ross Dickerson MS
Ella Wileman Simpson Matai Blain Lovinggood MS
Ivy Nganga Barber MS Kierstyn Smith Floyd MS
*Cover Winner

For additional information on the Allatoona Ally & Tappy Turtle Artist Challenge, please email or call 770-419-6303.

Gallery of our Honorable Mention winners

H2O in HD

Cobb County Water System and Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority would like to invite your school to participate in the sixth annual waterSmart H2O in HD contest! H2O in HD was designed for Cobb County, Paulding, and Marietta City high school students, who not only have a passion for filmmaking, but also a passion for our environment.

Students have from now until March 30 to create a 30-60 second Public Service Announcement that answers the question, “What is the value of water?” (This is not about bottled water!)

Students may work in teams from their school for the chance to win cash prizes. The first place entry will receive $500, to be split between the winners and their school. Second and third places will receive $300 and $100, respectively. The videos will also be uploaded online, and the “People’s Choice Award” will be decided on by online voters.

For years, Cobb County Water System and Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority have taught the community how to conserve water through various waterSmart programs and conservation efforts. We hope that you join us in making H2O in HD a success!

You can download the application and information pages here.[PDF]

Check out last year's entries on youtube!.

We will post updates on the contest on our Tappy Turtle Facebook page (, so please be sure to encourage your school to “Like” our page for more information.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please call 770-419-6303 or email me at