Water celebrated in downtown Peoria event

By WEEK Producer

April 22, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:17 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The local community observed Earth Day by celebrating one of the planet's most popular resources.

The Sun Foundation held its 19th annual Clean Water Celebration on the Peoria Riverfront Sunday.

The ceremony included a Native American Blessing of the Illinois River and of water community members brought with them.

According to Illinois American Water, 85 percent of plastic water bottles end up in landfills.

A company spokesperson said Earth Day is the perfect time to remind people to drink tap water, but also be "green" with H2O.

"We're looking in the next 10 years, there will be states that will be facing water shortages, so we really need to stop taking our water for granted and use it wisely," said Karen Cotton of Illinois American Water.

If you want to learn more about water and using it wisely, head to the Clean Water celebration at the Peoria Civic Center Monday. The educational event will go from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and is free to the public.

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