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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:

Student School Student School
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:

Student School Student School
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 and Paulding County High School Students Earn Top Honors in H2O in HD PSA Video Challenge

MARIETTA, Ga. (May 14,2018) – Five videos produced by teams of Cobb and Paulding County high school students have been selected as winners of the sixth annual H2O in HD video challenge.

H2O in HD – which is presented in partnership with the Cobb County Water System and the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) – invited Cobb and Paulding County high school students to showcase their video production skills by creating a 60-second PSA to promote water conservation and highlight the value of water. There were 28 entries from various area high schools submitted.

“The students who participated in our seventh annual H2O in HD video challenge really captured the inherent value of clean water and the need to conserve this precious resource,” says Kathy Nguyen, Water Resource Manager at Cobb County Water System. “The message driven by these PSAs will encourage people of all ages to make water smart decisions now, and in the future.”

The top three entries received cash prizes – with half of the money going to the winning team of students and half to their school, including $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $100 for third place.

“High school students have more access to video and media production than ever before”, says Nguyen. “We thank all the students who participated and congratulate the winners, their teachers and schools.”

Check out all of this year's entries on youtube!

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

The winning entries, including special recognition for the “People’s Choice Award” decided by online voters, were announced during a video premiere party at the Cobb County Water System in April, and included:

Honorable Mention
Water is Precious     Paulding County High School

Angelica Santiago
Danielle Davis
Samuel Tukua
Teacher: Tricia Pedersen

Honorable Mention   People’s Choice Award
Not All Water is Freshwater      North Cobb High School

T J Bolden
Teacher: Daniel Knode

3rd place
Phresh Water Blues by The Moist Bois     Paulding County High School

Michael Sheppard
Nick Capalbo
Harrison Moudry
Teacher: Tricia Pedersen

2nd place
waterSmart    Allatoona High School

Justin Ford
Teacher: Benjamin Baxley

1st place
The Importance of Water    Paulding County High School

Jacob King
Teacher: Tricia Pedersen