Water is a necessity for humans, but just how important is it for others? The City of Billings Public Works Department hosts their annual Water Week open house at the Billings Water Plant on Wednesday, May 4.

The event celebrates all things water and shows appreciation to the individuals and infrastructures dedicated to ensuring high-quality drinking water in the community. 

Water Week Open House will have plenty of opportunities to win special prizes like jars of candy, tye-dye silicone cups, Camelbacks, and more! Guests also have the chance to win a specialized water bottle celebrating the 150th birthday of Yellowstone National Park. 

Prizes for kids include a pair of super soaker water guns to enjoy with a friend or sibling. Free cookies and ice cream will also be provided at the event. 

Water Week activities include bus tours guiding guests through each step of the water treatment process. There will also be a Q&A panel with the Superintendent of Water Quality for the city. Guests can also learn the process and regulations for safe drinking water. They will also see firsthand water distribution and collection equipment. There will also be a demonstration of a backwash cycle during the event.

The Public Works Department provides services helping to protect public health and safety. They monitor services like stormwater management, water treatment, garbage collection, and environmental monitoring. The event corresponds with Drinking Water Week from the American Water Works Association. Billings Mayor Bill Cole also proclaimed May 1-7 as Drinking Water Week at the council meeting last Monday.

Water week is fun for the whole family to enjoy. Make sure to bring yours Wednesday evening to see where our drinking water comes from and how it all works!