Drinking Water Week 2016

Drinking Water Week 2016

The City of Evanston invites the community to support National Drinking Water Week 2016, May 1 through May 7, 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. This year, Evanston has chosen the theme “The Power of Water” to recognize how vital water has been and will continue to be in our lives, and to acknowledge the Water Department’s productive and successful efforts to provide clean, safe, and reliable drinking water to our community for more than a century.

2016 Theme: The Power of Water

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

National Drinking Water Week Art Contests 

Cast Your Vote in the 3rd Grade Art Contest by April 4 >>>

3rd Grade Art Contest


  • The City is hosting its annual art contest for 3rd grade students to showcase their ideas of what “The Power of Water” means to them.
  • Submissions should fit on a 9x12 piece of paper or smaller.
  • Online voting will occur from March 25 to April 4.
  • The winners will be announced on April 25 at the Administration & Public Works Committee Meeting of the Evanston City Council and will be invited to attend the presentation of the award.
  • Awards will include Evanston Beach Token(s) for the 2016 summer, a plaque recognizing their achievement, and a chance to have their artwork displayed at the Main Public Library during Drinking Water Week.
  • Hard-copies of the submissions should be delivered to the Evanston Water Production Bureau, 555 Lincoln Street.
  • Submission Deadline: Monday March 14, 201 at 4 p.m.

For more details, please refer to the handout here: 3rd Grade Art Contest Handout 2016.pdf

Events & Activities (May 1-7, 2016)

This year the City is hosting a tour of the Water Treatment Plant and will be participating in a Green Drinks even.

The tour of the Water Treatment Plant is full.

The Green Drinks event will take place on Wednesday, May 4th and will feature two speakers:

  • Mikaylo Kelly – this young Evanston man recently completed a solo canoe trip the entire length of the Mississippi, from Chicao to New Orleans. He will share his first-hand experiences about what is happening on the river.
  • Darrell King, Evanston’s Water Production Bureau Chief – will focus on the importance of water in everyday Evanston life, whether for water production, personal consumption, hygiene, conservation, industry, livestock, employment, or even trees and plants.

The event will take place on Wednesday, May 4th from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Celtic Knot on 626 Church St. Evanston, IL.

Celebrate NDWW with the City

By 1897, Evanston’s 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. But the largest development in the city’s water infrastructure  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, and it inspired many families to move to Evanston for its superior water supply. The plant largely eliminated typhoid and other waterborne diseases from the city after 1914. Today, this plant is a critical part of Evanston’s award-winning commitment to public health.