Massive Water Main Break in Atlanta: What We Know

June 1, 2024
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🚨 The Gist: The City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management is working to repair a major water main break on 48-inch and 36-inch transmission lines, causing widespread water outages and low water pressure across the metropolitan area. A boil water advisory has been issued as a precautionary measure.

🌆 Why It Matters: The water main break has significantly impacted residents, businesses, and government facilities throughout Atlanta, leading to closures and disruptions in daily life.

🔧 What’s Happening: Watershed management crews are actively working to repair the damaged water mains and restore water service to affected areas. However, officials are currently unable to give a timetable about when the water main will be fixed.

  • The break occurred near the intersection of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard NW and J.P. Brawley Drive.
  • A separate 36-inch transmission main break at Ferst Dr NW and Hemphill Ave NW interrupted service at the Hemphill Electric Pumping Station.

⚠️ Boil Water Advisory: Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Georgia Environmental Protection Division guidance, the water department has issued a boil water advisory for all residents and businesses who experienced water outages or low water pressure.

  • Residents are advised to boil water or use bottled water for drinking, cooking, preparing baby food, and brushing teeth.
  • The advisory will remain in effect until the water department is cleared to lift it following sampling protocols and guidance from the EPD.

🏙️ Citywide Impact: The water main break has affected numerous high-profile locations and essential services across Atlanta.

  • The Georgia State Capitol, Georgia Supreme Court, Atlanta City Hall, Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, and Grady Hospital have all experienced water issues or closures due to the incident.

💧 Conserve Water: To help the system rebuild pressure, the DWM is urging residents and businesses to restrict water usage to critical needs only.

🗣️ Your Take: How have the water main breaks and boil water advisory affected your daily life in Atlanta? Share your experiences and any tips for dealing with the situation in the comments below.

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