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.

Illinois American Water Offers “Imagine a Day Without Water” Student Art Contest

It’s hard to imagine even just one day without water. We need water to make a cup of coffee, grow fruits and vegetables, and manufacture nearly every product we use in our daily lives. We also need water to fight fires and for public health. 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 an “Imagine a Day Without Water” 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 “Imagine a Day Without Water” art contest is easy. Students are asked to draw a picture and write one sentence that describes what water service and a day without water 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 External Affairs Manager, Karen Cotton, at 7500 North Harker Drive, Peoria, Illinois 61615 by Nov. 4, 2020. Questions can be directed to karen.cotton@amwater.com.

You can learn more about Imagine a Day Without Water here - http://imagineadaywithoutwater.org Last year’s winning artwork can be viewed on the Company’s Facebook page.

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.