Water Learning Center

Our Water Learning Center provides some in depth information about how water makes it way to your tap, as well as helpful tips that require minimal effort and provide meaningful impact. 

We are all responsible for protecting our water supply. If everyone does their part, we can all help to ensure we have clean, safe, affordable drinking water for generations to come.

Water Education Resources


The Value of Water

Water is necessary to life itself. Much as the human body relies on water to survive, virtually every aspect of society depends on water in order to function. Without it, there would be no fire protection, no agriculture, no manufacturing, and no power grid. Yet, this most precious resource is much of the time too easily undervalued.

Because water is much of the time taken for granted – you simply turn on a tap and expect it to be there – the general public is largely unaware of the true cost of, and all the work that goes into treating and delivering clean, safe water. Americans pay less for water – about a penny per gallon on average – than do residents of most other developed nations. Water is also typically the lowest percentage utility cost per household, less than gas, oil, telephone and electricity.

Part of our mission is to help educate our customers about the water cycle, treatment and delivery methods, and the immense amount of time and effort that is invested to keep the water flowing.

Illinois American Water Offers “Water Keeps Life Flowing” Student Art Contest

Now more than ever, it is important to educate our young customers about the essential service Illinois American Water delivers. Our team plays a critical role in our customers’ daily lives. Water service supports handwashing, laundry, meals and dishwashing as well as many essential jobs like healthcare, emergency response, manufacturing, food preparation, firefighting, sanitation and more.

While essential, many still take for granted the value of water and the systems that bring water to and from homes and businesses all day, every day. This is why Illinois American Water is inviting 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms within the Company’s service area to participate in their “Water Keeps Life Flowing” art contest. Winning students will win their classroom a $100 donation. Artwork may also be featured in a future bill insert and other communication pieces.

Participation in the art contest is easy. Students are asked to draw a picture and write one sentence that describes why it is important to invest in our water systems, protect our water and/or what reliable, safe water service means to them. Please use this document for your submission.

By submitting an entry the student, teacher and school are agreeing to have the submission, including identification information like name, school, etc. to be used in Illinois American Water materials. All entries should be sent to Senior Manager External Communications Karen Cotton, at 3020 N. Isabell Ave., Peoria, IL 61604 by Nov. 1, 2021. Questions can be directed to karen.cotton@amwater.com.

Last year’s winning artwork can be viewed on the Company’s Facebook page.