News Release 016

Fifth graders invited to enter Drinking Water Week poster contest

Volume 39-016 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, working with the American Water Works Association, is accepting entries from Missouri fifth-grade students for the annual Drinking Water Week poster contest.

Drinking Water Week, May 5-11, 2013, recognizes the importance of safe, reliable water supplies to Missouri communities. In celebration of Drinking Water Week the Department of Natural Resources and the American Water Works Association are holding a poster contest for students in the fifth grade.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners: $300 for first place, and $200 for second place and $100 for third place. Contest entries should be postmarked by March 25, 2013.

The artwork size must be no larger than 11x17 inches. Each entry should have the student’s name, the teacher’s name and the school name, address and telephone number on the back. Students should also be sure to sign the front of the artwork.

Entries will be judged on three criteria: how original the entry is, how well the concept is executed, and how well the poster relates to public water supplies. The poster should convey a message celebrating tap water.

A safe, reliable water supply is critical to the success of any community. It creates jobs, attracts industry and investment, and provides for the health and welfare of citizens in ways ranging from disease prevention to fire suppression. We often take water resources for granted unless we are living through a drought or when depleted water supplies threaten a community's future. Water plays a vital role in our daily lives, and this year we are celebrating what only tap water can deliver.

Mail entries to Susan Bloomer, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Water Protection Program, P.O. Box, 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176. For more information, call 800-361-4827 or 573-526-1825.