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Posted on: May 4, 2021

Mayor Schewel proclaims May 2-8 National Drinking Water Week

Water Management logo with text that reads Drinking Water Week

At the Monday, May 3, City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Schewel proclaimed May 2 – 8, 2021 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 Plant Operations Coordinator, Craig Hendershot, who appeared in a short video thanking the Mayor and City Council for their support. Link to video:  

“Hospitals and nursing homes need water. Fire departments need water. Schools need water. Industry needs water. We have to continuously deliver safe, clean drinking water to the people of Durham. There’s no other choice,” says Hendershot in the video.

National Drinking Water Week is an annual recognition of municipal 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, creates 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 – “The Power of Water”
Durham Water Management held its annual Poster Contest and the results are in! This year, students in grades K-8 were tasked with showcasing The Power of Water. The following artists competed in the department’s contest as well as in the state-wide contest sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Water Works Association -Water Environment Association. They have won at the local and state levels. 

Winning entries in the grades K-2 division:

  • First Place – Caleb Wixted (Triangle Day School)***
  • Second Place – Jasleen Sperandio (Triangle Day School)
  • Third Place – Eva Greene (Triangle Day School)

Winning entries in the grades 3-5 division:

  • First Place – Collin Hernandez (Durham Academy)***
  • Second Place – Kabir Desai (Durham Academy)
  • Third Place – Emilia Lupa (Durham Academy)

Winning entries in the grades 6-8 division:

  • First Place – Vivian Brennan (Voyager Academy)*
  • Second Place – Sally Abumuais (Voyager Academy)**
  • Third Place – Claire Schnee (Voyager Academy)***

Visit  to view the winning entries, or 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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