National Drinking Water Week

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The City of Evanston invites the community to support National Drinking Water Week 2019, May 5 through May 11, 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 official AWWA theme “Protect the Source" 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.

2019 Theme:"Protect the Source"

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 Contest

Starting Friday, March 22 through Friday, April 5, community members are encouraged to cast their vote online at:

3rd Grade Art Contest


  • The City is hosting its annual art contest for 3rd grade students to showcase their ideas of what “Protect the Source” means to them.
  • Submissions should fit on a 8.5x11 piece of paper or smaller.
  • Online voting will occur from March 22 to April 5.
  • The winners will be announced at the Administration & Public Works Committee Meeting of the Evanston City Council on April 22 and will be invited to attend the presentation of the award.
  • Awards will include Evanston Beach Token(s) for the 2019 summer, a plaque recognizing their achievement, and a chance to have their artwork displayed at the Main Public Library during National Drinking Water Week.
  • Hard-copies of the submissions should be delivered to the Evanston Water Production Bureau, 555 Lincoln Street.
  • Submission Deadline: Monday March 4, 2019 at 4 p.m.

For more details, please refer to the handout here: 3rd Grade Art Contest Handout 2019

Events & Activities (May 5-11, 2019)

Additional activities for National Drinking Water Week, including tours of Evanston’s Water Treatment Plant, will be announced in March.

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.