By Sarah Huckins, Program Associate, US Water Alliance

January 23, 2019

This past October over 1,000 organizations came together across the country to celebrate Imagine a Day Without Water. As part of that day of action, utilities held art contests and sponsored projects to engage elementary school students on the value of water. Highlighted below are some of the winning art pieces and participating schools who helped visualize the value of water.

In Virginia, the Albemarle County Service Authority, City of Charlottesville, and Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority partnered together on a city and county-wide art contest for students on the theme “How do you save water?” The five winners shown above each received a $200 prize for their pieces. Check out @CVilleWaterConservation on Facebook to see the IADWW Teacher Recognition Awards as well!

The City of San Luis Obispo Utilities hosted an art contest for third and fourth graders, showing the student artwork at a city farmer’s and local gallery. To see all the submissions, click here and learn more about SLO Utilities on Twitter @SLOUtilitiesDep.

Gertrude K. Edelman Sabal Palm Elementary School created an Imagine a Day student art contest and partnered with the North Miami Beach Water Department to host an awards ceremony. Teachers, student-participants, and their families gathered at the NMB Public Library where contest winners received trophies provided by the NMB Water Department. Also during the ceremony, Teacher of the Year, Hadassah Weiner Freidman, received the United Teachers of Dade Presidential Grant to provide gift card prizes for the contest winners as well as rain barrels for GKE Sabal Palm.

Illinois American Water partnered with schools across the state to host its annual “Imagine a Day Without Water Art Contest.” From a pool of entrants from the third, fourth, and fifth grades, Illinois American Water selected 19 winners, who earned $100 for their classroom celebrations. To see more images, check out Illinois American Water’s Facebook post about the event or follow along on Twitter @ilamwater.

All the fourth and fifth graders at Schmid Elementary School were winners when MWRD Chicago visited on Imagine a Day Without Water to lead a STEAM workshop and encourage students to represent a day without water through art! To learn more about MWRD Chicago, follow along on Twitter @MWRDGC.

With so much fantastic art from 2018, we’re excited to see what Imagine a Day Without Water 2019 brings!