Drinking Water Week

Drinking Water Week 2023—May 7-13

We celebrate National Drinking Water Week annually during the first full week of May. We recognize individual water systems and operators that do an outstanding job providing safe and reliable drinking water to their customers. Award winners are nominated by their peers, customers, stakeholders, or others in the industry. Every year the Governor signs a proclamation for Drinking Water Week that we post on this page.

2023 Drinking Water Week Nomination Process

Is there a water system you're proud of? Do you know an outstanding waterworks operator? Nominate them for an award!

We collect nominations mid-November through mid-February 2023. Anyone can nominate someone in the drinking water industry for an award, just fill out this nomination form. We'll also email it to water system operators and owners and others in the drinking water industry.

Some of the categories we use are below. We also adjust categories to fit special situations.

Above and Beyond. Recognition for going above the normal call of duty and/or to provide assistance to neighboring water systems.

Commitment to Excellence. For those who continuously strive for excellence in providing safe and reliable drinking water.

Grace Under Pressure/Perseverance Under Adversity. For handling a crisis well, or for persevering under consistent challenges.

Lifetime Achievement. Reserved for those who are retiring.

Most Improved. This award is typically presented to water systems that overcome a bad situation and now provide excellent service.

Operator of the Year. To recognize an operator for their dedication and commitment. They also help educate and mentor others in the water industry, lending help and knowledge where needed.

Most Innovative. Presented to water operators/systems/organizations that come up with innovative solutions for challenges they face.

Nomination form.

Read about Past Drinking Water Week Award Winners (PDF).

For ideas about how to celebrate with your community, visit the American Water Works Association's website.

If you have questions about Drinking Water Week, please email Elizabeth Hyde or call 360-890-6753.