Local Students Recognized for “Be WaterSmart” Artwork

At its June 4 meeting, Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors recognized three student artists for their exceptional entries in OMWD’s annual fourth grade poster contest.

El Camino Creek Elementary student Ava Barbano crafted a desert scene featuring water-saving ideas, for which she was awarded first place. Mission Estancia Elementary’s Abby Baker claimed second place for her creative interpretation of rain harvesting. Brooklyn Grensted of El Camino Creek Elementary rounded out the top three with a depiction of a home showcasing beautiful succulents that do not require much water to thrive.

“Given the drought conditions experienced throughout California, it is important that we use all available avenues to remind customers about the importance of water,” stated OMWD President Larry Watt. “This contest offers our elementary school students the opportunity to spread the word about using water wisely, and each of the students here today has done a tremendous job.”

Seven schools in OMWD’s service area participated in the 21st annual poster contest that sees fourth grade students draw images to demonstrate the importance of water in San Diego. The theme for this year’s contest was “Be WaterSmart.” The contest teaches students the value of water as a limited resource and the importance of using it efficiently, while providing OMWD with locally produced artwork to reinforce this message to its customers.

The three posters will be featured in a 2015 Water Awareness Calendar along with the top three posters from nine other participating water agencies. Their artwork will also be featured at the Encinitas Environment Day celebration at Cottonwood Creek Park on June 8, and in OMWD publications.


L-R: President Larry Watt, Brooklyn Grensted, Abby Baker


First Place Winner Ava Barbano