A massive water main break from the Bobby Bishop Water Treatment Plant has forced Cherokee High School to close due to lack of fresh water for the students. Hasty Elementary School is also affected, however they will be using mobile water for the students.
According to local sources, certain resturaunts have closed in the Riverstone area as well.
A press release from the Canton City Manager Billy Peppers reads "The City of Canton experienced a water main break this morning in a 10" line from the Bobby Bishop Water Treatment Plant in an area behind the Riverview Cemetery downtown. This break created water loss in the following areas: downtown Canton, Hasty Elementary School, Brown Industrial Park, South Canton, Marietta Highway, Cherokee High School, Pointe at Puckett Creek, Whispering Woods, and the areas fed by the Ridge Pine Storage Tank. Additionally, there are areas of lower pressure system-wide.
The remote area of the line (near the Etowah River and railroad track) required the temporary construction of a roadway to gain access with heavy equipment and supplies. By 9 a.m., utility crews were able to isolate the break and are currently working to re-route and operate a pumping plan to bring water back into the system and begin refilling tanks. Areas of low pressure and no water will remain during the morning hours as the repairs are made. At this time, we do not know the full impact of water loss and cannot establish areas for boil water advisories. If you are without water, we are aware of the issue and are working to quickly resolve the situation.
As a result of the water issue, the Cherokee County School District has dismissed Cherokee High School for the day and is working with other schools in the Canton water system utilizing mobile water solutions.
We apologize for the inconvenience and are working as hard as we can to correct the break and bring the system back into operation. To keep up with the status of this work, please check out our social media feeds (linked at the bottom of this email) as we are providing hourly updates."