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

National Drinking Water Week Art/Photo Contests

- CONTESTS ARE NOW CLOSED, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION. See below for information on prizes and voting!

The City is please to announced that the finalists for the National Drinking Water Week 3rd Grade Art Contest and 6-12th Grade Photography Contest have been selected. On Monday, March 23rd the public will be able to start voting for their favorite pieces of artwork using the form below.


There is one popular vote winner for each of the two categories and a number of honorable mentions will be announced as well. In addition, finalists are eligible for the Mayor's Choice Award and the Water Spirit Award which will both be announced in mid-April.

Voting is open to the public from Monday, March 23rd through Monday, April 6th. 


3rd Grade Art Contest

The City is hosting an art contest for 3rd grade students to showcase their ideas of what Drinkability means to them. Submissions should fit on a 9x12 piece of paper or smaller. Online voting will occur from March 23rd to April 6th. The winners will be announced on April 27th 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 2015 summer, a plaque recognizing their achievement, and a chance to have their artwork displayed at the Main Public Library during Drinking Water Week. For more details, please refer to the handout here: 3rd Grade Art Contest Handout 2015.pdf. Submissions accepted now through Monday, March 16th.

6-12th Grade Photography Contest

Middle and high school National Drinking Water Week photo contest is open to all 6th – 12th and graders in Evanston. Entries from 6-8th graders will be placed in a separate category for voting than the 9-12th grade entries. Following the submission period, all Evanston residents will have the ability to vote online for their favorite photo. Public voting is scheduled to begin on March 23rd and will last until April 6th. Winners will be announced at the City Council meeting on April 27th.  Awards will include Evanston Beach Token(s) for the 2015 summer, a plaque recognizing their achievement, and winning entries will be featured on the city’s website and at the Evanston Public Library.

Photo submissions should capture the theme of celebrating “Drinkability.” For more details, please refer to the handout here: Photo Contest Handout 2015.pdfSubmissions accepted now through Monday, March 16th.

Events & Activities (Schedule coming soon)

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.