Drinking Water Week

What is Drinking Water Week?

For more than 40 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.

Next year's celebration will be May 3-9, 2020.

For questions about Drinking Water Week, contact Dave Gaylinn in the AWWA Communications Department.

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Celebration Ideas

Celebrating Drinking Water Week is an easy way to educate the public, connect with the community and promote employee morale. AWWA has compiled some ideas for utilities to use to reach out to employees, customers and the community.

Future Dates

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

  • 2020 – May 3-9
  • 2021 – May 2-8
  • 2022 – May 1-7
  • 2023 – May 7-13
  • 2024 – May 5-11
  • 2025 – May 4-10
  • 2026 – May 3-9
  • 2027 – May 2-8


In 1988, AWWA brought Drinking Water Week 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 the week-long observance was declared in a joint congressional resolution signed by then President Ronald Reagan.

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Thank you to all participants who celebrated Drinking Water Week this year!

Organizations can sign up as participants for Drinking Water Week 2020 using the form below starting in January.