Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors recognized the winners of the 2018 North County Water Agencies Water Awareness Poster Contest at its May 16 meeting.
Fourth-grade students living or attending school within OMWD’s service area were eligible to enter the contest. The first place winner was Taylor Whiting from Ms. Butler’s class at Ocean Knoll Elementary. Taylor encourages people to use water efficiently by capturing rainwater and using it to water their plants. Miller Utech, from Mrs. Love’s class at Stone Ranch Elementary, earned second place with her poster which stresses the importance of using water beneficially rather than wasting it. Samantha Norris, also from Mrs. Love’s class, received third-place honors. Her artwork advises people to be “Water Smart” by recycling water.
“We really enjoy seeing the creative posters that our talented local students submit each year,” OMWD board vice president Christy Guerin said. “Not only is it fun for us, but it gets students thinking about the value of water from a young age, and we hope that encourages them to use water efficiently into adulthood.”
The annual poster contest asks fourth-grade students to use their imaginations to create images that raise awareness on water-related issues. This year’s theme was “Be Water Smart.” The competition has occurred on a yearly basis for 25 years, and is an opportunity to teach students that everyone can take actions to use water efficiently, regardless of age.
Each winner received a prize along with a certificate of honor. North County Water Agencies will feature the winners’ artwork in its 2019 Water Awareness Calendar which will be available for free from OMWD later this year, and the images will be displayed in OMWD publications and on district vehicles.