Drinking Water Week

For more than 35 years the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Please join AWWA as we celebrate water!

For questions about Drinking Water Week please contact Amber Wilson in the AWWA Communications Department. 

Celebrating Drinking Water Week is an easy way to educate the public, connect with the community, and promote employee morale. Too often, water utilities receive publicity only when something bad happens - a water main breaks in the middle of rush hour or you have to raise your rates, again. Drinking Water Week celebrations give you an opportunity for some positive communication. AWWA has compiled a toolkit for utilities to use to reach out to your employees, your customers, and your community.

Drinking Water Week is a perfect time to educate children about their water supply in an atmosphere of fun.

Don't forget your employees! Drinking Water Week can help reaffirm to your employees the importance of what it is they do - provide clean, safe drinking water for the public.

Public Communication
Whether you send out press releases, take out ads in your local newspaper, or use any of the other ideas provided, communicating the public during drinking water week is integral to any successful celebration.

  • Advertise in your local newspaper.
  • Send Bill Stuffers.
  • Work with your librarian to set up a Library Display.
  • Use Mall Kiosks to reach a broad audience.
  • Coordinate distribution of AWWA News Releases.
  • Publicize the release of your Consumer Confidence Report.
  • Send public service announcements to your local radio or television stations.
Community Events
It’s important for you to be a part of your local community. Community events are fun and festive ways to make sure that your customers know about their drinking water - where it comes from, how they get it, and what they can do to help ensure their drinking water quality.
  • Invite your community to an Open House
  • Inaugurate an Adopt-a-Hydrant Program
  • Plant a Tree
  • Plant Tours
  • Hold a Landmark Dedication/Anniversary Celebration
  • Bury a Time Capsule
  • Partner with your local botanic gardens or other groups

  • Plan a community clean-up

Youth Focus

  • Feature a children's Coloring Contest or Essay Contest

  • Hold a Poster Contest

  • A great community outreach method: School Presentations

Internal Communications and Events

  • Hold your Annual Employee Picnic during Drinking Water Week       

  • Create a utility Newsletter Feature on Drinking Water Week

A & L Laboratory- Auburn, Maine        
AECOM- Stevens Point, WI
Acton Water District- Acton, MA   
Augusta Utilities- Augusta, Georgia   
Albemarle County Service Authority- Charlottesville, Va        
Alliance for Water Efficiency- Chicago, Illinois        
Amelie Company- Denver, CO
Andover DPW Water Division- Andover, MA
Anne Arundel County Deparrtment of Public Works- Annapolis, MD        
Anoka County Environmental Health - Anoka, MN        
AS-EPA - Pago Pago, American Samoa        
AQUAlity Engineering- Arcadia, California
Ayyeka Technologies- Jerusalem, Israel
BC Water & Waste Association - Vancouver, BC, Canada       
BCWSA - Warrington, PA        
Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority - Beaufort, SC        
Beaver Water District- Lowell, AR
Birmingham Water Works - Birmingham, Alabama        
Bonny Kate Elementary - Knoxville, TN        
Boston Water and Sewer Commission - Boston, MA        
Bowling Green Municipal Utilities - Bowling Green, KY
Bozeman Water/Sewer Department - Bozeman, Montana        
Bristol County Water Authority - Warren, RI        
Brownsville Public Utilities Board- Brownsville, Texas
Butler Water Systems, LLC- Fairfield, Ohio
Campaign for Dental Health - Elk Grove Village, Illinois       
Canby Utility Board - Canby, OR
Capital Region Water - Harrisburg, PA        
Capital Well Clean Water Center- Dunbarton, NH        
Carthage Water & Electric Plant - Carthage, MO        
Caveland Environmental Authority - Cave City, KY        
CBIZ Insurance & Benefits Services, Inc.- Providence, Rhode Island
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital - Eldred, PA
Charlotte Water- Charlotte, NC
Chesterfield Utilities - Chesterfield, VA        
City of Ann Arbor - Ann Arbor, MI        
City of Beatrice- Beatrice, Nebraska
City of Bend Utility Department- Bend, Oregon
City of Bonner Springs Utilities- Bonner Springs, Kansas
City of Bremerton- Bremerton, Washington
City of Casselberry- Casselberry, FL
City of Carlton - Carlton, Oregon        
City of Celina- Celina, TX
City of Charlottesville - Charlottesville, Virginia        
City of Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities- Cheyenne, WY
City of College Station - College Station, TX        
City of Columbia- Columbia, South Carolina
City of Dayton - Dayton, Ohio        
City of Durham Dept. of Water Management - Durham, North Carolina
City of Evanston- Evanston, IL
City of Fort Worth - Fort Worth, TX        
City of Glendale - Glendale, AZ
City of Grand Prairie - Grand Prairie, Texas        
City of Greeley - Greeley, Colorado        
City of Gresham - Gresham, Oregon
City of Hamilton- Hamilton, OH
City of Houston - Houston, TX
City of Kingsport Water/Wastewater - Kingsport, TN      
City of Kodiak - Kodiak, Alaska        
City of Loveland - Water & Power - City of Loveland, CO        
City of Lyons - Lyons, Kansas
City of Monroe Water System - Monroe, Louisiana         
City of North Port - North Port, Florida       
City of Oakland Park - Oakland Park, FL
City of Palm Bay - Palm Bay, FL
City of Peoria - Peoria, AZ        
City of Phoenix - Phoenix, AZ        
City of Pompano Beach Utilities- Pompano Beach, FL
City of Rochester Water Bureau- Rochester, New York
City of Rio Rancho - Rio Rancho, NM       
City of San Luis Obispo - San Luis Obispo, CA        
City of Santa Ana- Santa Ana, California
City of Santa Rosa- City of Santa Rosa, Ca
City of Shelbina- Shelbina, Missouri
City of Syracuse - Syracuse, NY        
City of Toledo - Toledo, OH
City of  Toledo OH Youth Commission- Toledo, OH
City of Tulsa  - Tulsa, OK        
City of Turlock- Turlock, Ca
City of Valdosta- Valdosta, Georgia
City of Warren Utility Services- Cortland, OH
City of Westfield- Westfield, MA
City of Westminster - Westminster, CO        
City of Winter Garden- Winter Garden, FL
City of Yuma - Yuma, AZ        
City Utilities of Springfield- Springfield, MO
Clarksburg Water Board - Clarksburg, West Virginia        
Clayton County Water Authority - Morrow, Georgia        
Cleveland Water - Cleveland, OH 
Cobb County Water System - Marietta, Georgia        
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment - Denver, CO       
Community Action Partnership of Orange County- Garden Grove, CA        
Community Water Company of Green Valley - Green Valley, AZ
Consolidated Waterworks District No 1 - Houma-Terrebonne, Louisiana
Covington Water District - Covington, Washington        
Delta Dental Foundation- Okemos, MI
Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation- Denver, CO
District of Squamish - Squamish, BC, Canada   
El Paso Water Utilities - El Paso, TX     
Elk River Municipal Utilities - Elk River, MN     
Eugene Water & Electric Board - Eugene, OR       
Fairfax Water - Fairfax, VA   
Fanshawe College - London, Ontario, Canada       
Ferguson Enterprises - Newport News, VA
Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority - Key West, FL        
Fort Worth Water Department- Fort Worth, TX
Frederick County Sanitation Authority - Winchester/Stephens City, Virginia
Green Bay Water Utility- Green Bay, WI
Greenville Water- Greenville, South Carolina
Harlingen Waterworks System - Harlingen, Texas        
Helix Water District - La Mesa, California        
Herkimer County- Herkimer, NY
Holland Board of Public Works - Holland, MI        
Indiana American Water - Greenwood, IN        
Intermountain Section AWWA - Salt Lake City, UT      
Jackson Energy Authority - Jackson, TN        
Jurupa Community Services District- Jurupa Valley, CA
KC Water- Kansas City, MO
KDHE - BOH - Topeka, KS
Keller Williams Realty Bellingham - Bellingham, WA
Kentucky American Water - Lexington, KY       
Klickitat PUD- Goldendale, WA
Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership- City of Lake Oswego & City of Tigard, Oregon
Las Virgenes Municipal Water District - Calabasas, CA        
Loudoun Water - Ashburn, VA  
LuminUltra Technologies - Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Macon Water Authority - Macon, GA        
Madison Suburban Utility District - Madison, TN     
Madison Water Utility- Madison, WI
Manchester Water Works - Manchester, NH        
Maverick Engineering - Midland, Texas        
Meadow Park Elementary School - West Palm Beach, FL        
Metro Water Services - Nashville, TN
Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District- Atlanta, Georgia
Metropolitan Utilities District - Omaha, Nebraska        
MHP Operations- Houston, Tx
Missouri AWWA Young Professionals- Kansas City, MO
MnDOT - St. Paul, MN        
Moffat Water Supply Corp - Temple, TX        
Montgomery County Environmental Services - Kettering, Ohio        
Mount Pleasant Waterworks- Mount Plesant, SC
MU WET - Columbia, MO        
Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County - New Stanton, PA        
Newton County WSA - Covington, GA      
Northwestern Water & Sewer District - Bowling Green, OH
NYSAWWA - Liverpool, NY       
NYSDOH - Albany, NY
Oconomowoc Utilities - Oconomowoc, WI        
Olivenhain Municipal Water District - Encinitas, CA        
Oral Health Kansas - Topeka, Kansas
Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District - Dubois, IN        
Penn State Extension - University Park, PA        
Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority - Pittsburgh, PA        
Pleasant Valley Water Authority- Connellsville, PA
Port Washington Water District- Port Washington, New York
Prince William County Service Authority - Woodbridge, VA        
Providence Water Supply Board - Providence, RI        
Provo Water Company Ltd - Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands
Public Health Seattle and King County - Seattle, WA        
RCAC- West Sacramento, California
Regional Water Authority - New Haven, Connecticut        
Renewable Water Resources- Greenville, SC
Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority- Charlottesville, VA
Rockdale Water Resources - Conyers, Georgia
SMS- Sedalia, MO
Southwest Water Authority- Dickinson, ND
SafeWell - Bolton, MA
Saratoga County Public Health- Saratoga Spring, New York
Sativa Los Angeles County Water District- Carson, California
Seminole County Government/Water Conservation Section - Sanford, FL
South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority - New Haven, CT       
Southwest Water Authority - Dickinson, ND
Spartanburg Water - Spartanburg, SC        
Springfield Water and Sewer Commission - Springfield, MA        
St Paul Regional Water Services - Saint Paul, MN    
Strathcona County - Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada     
Tap Into Quality - Temple, AZ  
The City of Palm Bay - Palm Bay, Florida         
The City Of Paris - Paris, TX        
Town of Castle Rock - Castle Rock, CO        
Trimble County Water District #1 - Bedford, Kentucky
Tucson Water - Tucson, Arizona        
Vallejo Water Division - Vallejo, CA    
Village of Carbon Cliff - Carbon Cliff, Illinois 
Village of Mount Prospect - Mount Prospect, IL  
Wareham Fire District- Wareham,Massachusetts
WaterCitizen Media Foundation- Washington, DC
Watercookies - Mills River, NC        
WaterOne - Lenexa, Kansas    
Water Resources Assoc. San Benito County- Hollister, CA
West Slope Water District- Portland, Oregon
Wisconsin DNR - Madison, WI
Wisconsin Section AWWA- Oak Creek, WI
WV Oral Health Coalition- Charleston, WV
XP Solutions - Portland, OR       

For more than 30 years, the American Water Works Association has celebrated Drinking Water Week with its members. In 1988, AWWA brought the event to the attention of our government and formed a coalition along with the League of Women Voters, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Rep. Robert Roe and Sen. Dennis DeConcini subsequently sponsored a resolution to name the first week of May as Drinking Water Week, and an information kit was distributed to the media and to more than 10,000 utilities. Willard Scott, the Today Show weatherman, was featured in public service announcements aired between May 2 and 8. The week-long observance was declared in a joint congressional resolution and signed by then President Ronald Reagan.

The following year, AWWA approached several organizations to participate. Through these efforts, the National Drinking Water Alliance was formed of 15 nonprofit educational, professional, and public interest organizations. The Alliance dedicated itself to public awareness and involvement in public and private drinking water issues, and continued its work to organize a major annual educational campaign built around Drinking Water Week.

The power of the multi-organization Alliance enabled Drinking Water Week to grow into widespread and committed participation throughout the United States and Canada. In 1991, the Alliance launched a national campaign to inform the public about America's drinking water. The group distributed a kit containing ideas for celebrating Drinking Water Week, conservation fact and tip sheets, news release and posters. The theme was "There's a lot more to drinking water than meets the eye."

Drinking Water Week is celebrated during the first full week in May each year. Future dates are listed below.  

2017 - May 7-13
2018 - May 6-12
2019 - May 5-11
2020 - May 3-9
2021 - May 2-8
2022- May 1-7
2023 - May 7-13
2024 - May 5-11
2025 - May 4-10