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Posted on: May 3, 2022

[ARCHIVED] City Celebrates National Drinking Water Week May 1-7

Photo collage of winning poster artwork from the 2022 Water Conservation Poster Contest

At the Monday, May 2, City Council meeting, Mayor Elaine O’Neal proclaimed May 1-7, 2022 as National Drinking Water Week. The proclamation urges Durhamites to value water as a basic and essential need for all living things, and to celebrate Water Management staff who produce, manage, and maintain the City’s water resources to help make Durham a more sustainable community. Accepting the proclamation on behalf of all Durham Water Management employees was Robert Ford, Assistant Superintendent of the Williams Water Treatment Plant.

“It takes teamwork and dedication from our 370-plus department employees to fulfill that mission. Everyone from operators to maintenance technicians, engineers, billing technicians, laboratory and water efficiency analysts all play key roles to keep our award-winning Durham water flowing to your tap. It’s worth noting that last fall, drinking water from the Williams Water Treatment Plant was named best tasting water in North Carolina. That makes it a three-peat, as our department won the previous two state-wide awards as well,” said Ford.

National Drinking Water Week is an annual recognition of water providers and water professionals to remind the public of the vital role that clean, safe drinking water plays in our daily lives. Durham’s Department of Water Management designs and maintains the infrastructure and treatment processes so the system works in harmony to ensure safe tap water is ‘There When You Need It.’

Water Conservation Poster Contest Winners – “Slow the Flow, Save H20”
Durham Water Management held its annual Poster Contest and the results are in! This year, students in grades K-8 were tasked with highlighting how to “Slow the Flow, Save H2O”. The following artists competed in the department’s contest as well as in the state-wide contest sponsored by NC OneWater, formerly the North Carolina American Water Works Association -Water Environment Association. These talented artists have won at both the Local and State level. 

Winning entries in the grades K-2 division:

  • First Place – Skylar Spankie (Voyager Academy)*
  • Second Place – Edie Triplett (Carolina Friends School)**
  • Third Place – Shreya Holman (Carolina Friends School)***

Winning entries in the grades 3-5 division:

  • First Place – Jerly Contretras-Rivera (Morehead Montessori Elementary)
  • Second Place – Tessa Brown (Durham Academy)
  • Third Place – Nia Peck (Durham Academy)

Winning entries in the grades 6-8 division:

  • First Place – Landon Oakley (Voyager Academy)*
  • Second Place – Zawadi Owino (Durham School of the Arts)
  • Third Place – Cynthia Balin (Voyager Academy)

The winning posters are displayed on our website For more information on drinking water and water conservation, contact the City’s water efficiency and conservation program staff at (919) 560-4381 or visit the department’s webpage at

*1st place in State contest
**2nd place in State contest
***3rd place in State contest

About the Department of Water Management
The Department of Water Management is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Durham's water supply, water treatment and water reclamation (wastewater treatment) facilities, the collection and distribution systems (including meter reading), and customer billing services. The department has a wide variety of support divisions and programs to maintain the existing infrastructure that provide these integral services and strives to be a responsible steward of the City’s physical assets. For information, visit, like Durham Saves Water on Facebook, and follow @DurhamWater on Twitter.

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