National Drinking Water Week: What are your plans?

We want to know what you're doing to celebrate a week dedicated to the drinking water industry

National Drinking Water Week is just around the corner. Are you ready? Countless water treatment plants are ramping up for a week full of activities to educate the public on water system processes, conservation and a resource that often gets taken for granted.

From Sunday, May 5 to Saturday, May 11, National Drinking Water Week celebrates all the hard work you put into operating and maintaining clean water systems for your communities.

If you haven’t organized any activities yet, check out the American Water Works Association website for some celebration suggestions to reach the public and your clean water operators. Some of the ideas include:

  • Hold a poster contest
  • Schedule plant tours
  • Plant a tree
  • Work with librarians to set up a library display
  • Hold an annual employee picnic during Drinking Water Week 

While utilities and city officials are reaching out in a variety ways, bringing awareness to ratepayers and the public about drinking water infrastructure is universally critical. 

The City of Cleveland Division of Water is inviting residents to visit each of its two water treatment facilities on Saturday, May 11. Plant tours and family activities will run throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

In Evanston, Ill., the utilities department is gearing up for its second year participating in National Drinking Water Week. The utility has ramped up activities this year to include a coloring contest for third graders, photography and poetry contests for high school students, and a sunset canoe trip on Sunday, May 5, for college students. Adult events will be offered throughout the week at the town’s three community centers.  

“The week is important because it’s a fun way to learn about drinking water instead of just seeing information on your water bill,” says Lara Biggs, superintendent of construction and field services in Evanston. “It’s a way for people to touch the water system in a different way.” 

An entire week dedicated to clean water awareness provides an alternative approach to educating the public. “One of the biggest problems with drinking water infrastructure is it’s completely hidden,” Biggs says. “Drinking water utilities take pride in the fact that they never have anything go wrong. And if nothing ever goes wrong, then people forget about you. Drinking Water Week is another way to raise awareness and just keep us in the minds of residents with a positive connotation.” 


What is your drinking water plant or utility doing to celebrate National Drinking Water Week? Post a comment. Let’s share ideas across the industry. 


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