Water main break forces Atlanta boil water advisory: what you need to know

A major water main ruptured early Friday morning and much of Atlanta is still flooded.

According to the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, the breach occurred near the intersection of James P. Brawley Drive and Joseph E. Boone Boulevard Northwest at approximately 8 a.m. EDT.

According to officials, the transmission line broke due to three lines that supplied the city with significant amounts of water. For much of the downtown area, this has resulted in poor water pressure and water outages.

A date for the restoration of water supplies is not yet available.

According to DWM officials’ Friday evening report, two more fractures were discovered near West Peachtree and 11th Street, as well as Atlantic Drive. The fractures are said to be unrelated to the primary fracture.

The situation has affected restaurants and commercial establishments, leaving countless homes without a reliable water source.

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Much of Atlanta’s water supply was shut off by the DWM on Friday evening and people were advised to boil their water “out of an abundance of caution.”

The boil water notice remained in effect on Saturday.

The department posted on Facebook Saturday afternoon saying, “DWM crews are working diligently on repairs to the water main at the intersection of Joseph E. Boone Blvd and JP Brawley.”

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

A number of events scheduled for this weekend in downtown Atlanta were canceled or rescheduled, including rapper Megan Thee Stallion’s show at State Farm Arena.