Drinking Water Week 2015

Drinking Water Week 2015

The City of Evanston invites the community to support National Drinking Water Week 2015, May 3rd through May 9th, and celebrate water as our most precious natural resource!

What is National Drinking Water Week?


For more than 30 years, communities across the United States have joined the American Water Works Association (AWWA) in recognizing the essential role that water plays in our daily lives by celebrating National Drinking Water Week. Throughout the week, AWWA and its partners provide information and host activities to highlight how important water is for us all.  

2015 Theme

Drinkability - the ability to have clean, safe, reliable water whenever it is needed

Having potable water delivered to our faucet whenever we need it is easy to take for granted, but Evanston is fortunate where we are located to have a great source of water in Lake Michigan.  Using water wisely not only preserves this resource for current and future generations, it can make a real difference to our household budgets

Events & Activities

Sunday, May 3 - Sunset Paddle (p.47)

Monday, May 4 - Friday, May 8 - Drop-in Afterschool Activities - Ecology Center 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5 - Film Screening, excerpts of Tapped and The Story of Bottled Water - The Linden Room, Levy Center 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. This presentation is co-sponsored by the Evanston Public Library.

Wednesday, May 6 - Green Drinks: Drinking Water Panel, The Evanston Farmhouse 6:30 p.m. (networking) 7 p.m. talk begins

Saturday, May 9 - Tours of the Evanston Water Treatment Plant, 555 Lincoln St., Evanston, IL. Two tours: Adult 9 a.m. and children-focused 11 a.m.

Sunday, May 3 - Saturday, May 9- National Drinking Water Week Art & Photo Contest winners displayed at the main Evanston Public Library.

National Drinking Water Week Art/Photo Contest Winners

The following students were selected as winners as a part of the 2015 National Drinking Water Week Art and Photo Contest sponsored by the City of Evanston:

  • Sebastian Valenzuela - People's Choice Award (7th grade)
  • Logan Hagene - Water Spirit Award (3rd grade. MLK Literary & Fine Arts)
  • Xiadany Tamayo - Mayor's Choice Award (3rd grade, Dawes Elementary)
  • Charlie Cassady - People's Choice Award (3rd grade, St. Athanasius Elementary)

Artwork will be displayed at the Evanston Public Library main building from May 3rd - May 9th. Congratulations to all of our winners this year and happy National Drinking Water Week!

Celebrate NDWW with the City

By 1897, the water utility could pump 12 million gallons per day of untreated lake water. In 1911, the water utility started using hypochlorite of lime to disinfect water and improve safety. The momentous development came in 1913, when construction began on a plant that would provide the city with 12 million gallons per day of filtered and disinfected water. This was the first water treatment plant of its kind to be constructed along the shores of Lake Michigan Water treatment from 1914 on largely eliminated typhoid and other waterborne diseases from the city. Because of its superior water supply, many families were inspired to move to Evanston. Today, this plant is a critical part of Evanston’s award-winning commitment to public health.

Throughout the week, the city will sponsor a series of activities for all ages in honor of National Drinking Water Week. Save the date for the following events and keep an eye out for a variety of exciting contests and activities.