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.
waterSmart is now accepting entries for the 13th Annual Allatoona Ally & Tappy Turtle Artist Challenge!
waterSmart invites Cobb County 4th and 5th-grade students to draw their best picture of Ally – Lake Allatoona’s friendly fish mascot – and Tappy the Turtle – Cobb Water’s mascot – conserving water! A panel of judges will choose 12 winning drawings based on creativity, artistic ability and water saving tips, to be published in the 2018 Adventures with Allatoona Ally & Tappy Turtle Coloring Book.
The book will be unveiled at the Artist Autograph Party, Wednesday, January 31, 2018, where the winning students will be honored for their work. This educational coloring book is distributed to schools and the community to educate others about water conservation.
To download information and an entry form, please click here: Allatoona Ally & Tappy Turtle Artist Challenge Entry Form
**Please note, all entries are due on Tuesday, December 5, 2018
8th Annual waterArt Calendar Contest Now Open
waterSmart waterArt is an artistic competition created for 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students in Cobb County. This unique competition allows students to answer the question, “What is the value of water?” through their own creative expression. Entries will be displayed in the gallery at The Art Station – Big Shanty from November 2 - 16! Families are invited to visit the gallery Tuesdays – Fridays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Participating artists will be celebrated at a reception for the students and their families, friends, and teachers on Thursday, November 16 at The Art Station – Big Shanty, where the calendar will also be unveiled.
To get more information about this year’s contest and to download the application click here.
**Please note, all entries are due on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
2017 Calendar Event Photos
H2O in HD
H2O in HD is a contest for Cobb and Paulding County High School students. Students can work independently or in teams with schoolmates to create a 30-60 second video public service announcement showcasing the value of water and importance of water conservation. The finalists’ videos are premiered each spring, and the top three entries receive cash prizes - with half of the prize money going to the winning student or team of students and half to their schools - $500 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd place and $100 for 3rd place. Click here to visit our youTube site and view the H2O in HD videos.