October 5, 2021
CONTACT: Lindsey Wiles
MARIETTA – Marietta Power and Water is pleased to join over 2,000 community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities, and many more municipal water and sewer systems, in recognizing October 3-9, 2021, as the annual public power and clean water appreciation week.
This week is a time to reflect on the importance of protecting our water resources. For over 100 years, Marietta Water has delivered safe and clean water as well as prompt and courteous service. By protecting our water resources from pollution and properly maintaining our infrastructure to prevent and repair deficiencies, we can protect our city from the problems that many other communities currently face.
Marietta Power and Water takes this week to stress the important services they provide to our community. Few people know the risk our electrical line workers take on a regular basis to maintain our 22 substations and miles of power line. As well, the sophistication with which our water system employees are using to make sure every drop of water is clean enough to drink.
“It’s really very simple.” says Ron Mull, General Manager of Marietta Power and Water. “We provide our own power and distribute water TO our community FOR our community. Our power is generated in a cooperative relationship with other Georgia utilities and purchased as a group with 48 other Georgia cities. So, we are always happy to explain to our customers that we do own our own power generation. Additionally, we like to explain that that local control helps keep our rates competitive and our local presence allows us to provide quick service in an outage.”
Park Street Elementary students will again participate in a poster contest with this year’s theme “How power and water help us fight COVID-19!”. Typically, winning students would be introduced at the October City Council meeting. This year the awards will be presented by the Park Street teachers. Winning posters are always available to view all year at City Hall.
Marietta Power and Water’s almost 200 employees serve more than 45,000 industrial, commercial and residential power and water customers.