Marietta Power and Water celebrates its annual Public Power and Clean Water Week

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Marietta Power and Water is celebrating its annual Public Power and Clean Water Week October 1 -7, 2023.  

The celebration corresponds with the American Public Power Association’s Public Power Week, observed during the first full week in October.

Marietta’s utility company adds clean water to the celebration in recognition that Marietta Power and Water combines electrical power and water service.

Marietta Power and Water issued the following description of its celebration in a news release from the City of Marietta website excerpted below:


“This annual observance recognizes the efforts of the hometown utility’s almost 200 employees who serve more than 46,000 industrial, commercial, and residential customers with a mix of electrical power, water, and sewer services since 1906! 

“Electrical power department employees maintain 22 substations and more than 600 miles of distribution lines.  Water and sewer department employees maintain more than 315 miles of underground water mains and more than 295 miles of wastewater mains.  According to General Manager Ron Mull, this affords Marietta city residents and businesses safe and affordable services with high reliability.  “Community-based utilities can be very responsive to individual customers not only because of geographic closeness, but also because we are governed by a local board of directors.  In addition, we also assist with the city’s robust economic development activities.”

“Along with recognition and appreciation for staff, the utility continues its community education efforts with the Park Street Elementary School Poster Contest.  This year’s theme is “If I worked for Marietta Power and Water!” with a focus on the various desk and field career opportunities the utility provides its community.  Winning students will once again be recognized at the October City Council meeting.  “We hope to inspire even young students to consider the value of helping their community keep essential services running,” said Mull, “while building a life with a solid career full of benefits.”

About the City of Marietta

The City of Marietta is the county seat of Cobb County. The latest estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau puts the population of the city at 60,867 which makes it the second largest city in Cobb County by population, smaller only than the newly incorporated City of Mableton.

Here are a few quick facts from the Census Bureau

Marietta city, Georgia
Population, Census, April 1, 202060972
Population, Census, April 1, 201056579
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent6.7%
Persons under 18 years, percent21.8%
Persons 65 years and over, percent13.2%
Female persons, percent49.9%
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent53.4%
Black or African American alone, percent(a)32.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)0.6%
Asian alone, percent(a)1.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)0.0%
Two or More Races, percent4.7%
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)15.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent46.4%
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2016-20202678
Foreign born persons, percent, 2016-202016.6%
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2016-202044.0%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2016-2020$310,100
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2016-2020$1,856
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2016-2020$526
Median gross rent, 2016-2020$1,145
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2016-202024148
Persons per household, 2016-20202.39
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2016-202077.9%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2016-202023.7%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2016-202095.1%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2016-202086.6%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-202088.6%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-202044.0%
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2016-20206.3%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent20.2%
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-202067.2%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-202061.2%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)264544
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1584232
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1129407
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c)1976915
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c)$33,875
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2016-202028.5
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020$59,594
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020$36,112
Persons in poverty, percent14.1%
All firms, 201210501
Men-owned firms, 20124934
Women-owned firms, 20124186
Minority-owned firms, 20124286
Nonminority-owned firms, 20125502
Veteran-owned firms, 20121015
Nonveteran-owned firms, 20128663
Population per square mile, 20102451.4
Land area in square miles, 201023.08