Local Students Invited to Participate in Poster and Video Contests

Olivenhain Municipal Water District is partnering with local agencies to hold two contests to promote efficient water use and raise awareness about special districts. OMWD encourages students living or attending school within OMWD’s service area to enter the North County Water Agencies’ fourth-grade poster contest or the California Special Districts Association-San Diego Chapter’s high school video contest.

“It is increasingly important that our future community leaders are well informed about water resources, treatment, and conservation,” said OMWD Board President Ed Sprague. “These contests offer students another avenue to study and understand how vital water is to our communities, as well as the opportunity to consider changing water needs and technological advancements.”

Poster Contest

4th-gradeer poster rain harvestingSince 1992, this annual poster contest has taught students through free classroom presentations the value of water as a limited resource and the importance of using water efficiently. Participants will use their imaginations to illustrate ways to “Be Water Smart” at home or school by conserving water, reducing pollution, treating water in a futuristic setting, or depicting water-wise methods used by local ancestors. Contest entries provide OMWD with locally produced artwork to reinforce water efficiency and conservation messages to customers, while students and schools earn prizes and recognition.

The 2020 NCWA water awareness calendar will feature OMWD’s top three winners, who will each receive a prize and certificate of excellence. Deadline for entries is April 1, 2019. Find out more information, view resource materials for poster ideas, and download an entry form at

Video Contest
The contest theme “What’s so Special about Special Districts?” challenges entrants to create a one- to two-minute video that highlights the community benefits that special districts provide. OMWD is a special district that provides water, wastewater services, recycled water, hydroelectricity, and the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. OMWD asks that students submit footage shot within San Diego County, which reflects the importance of water to communities, the value of water in everyday life, the efforts involved to ensure a safe and reliable supply of water, or careers in the water industry.  

Judges will score videos based on incorporation of the theme, creativity and originality, entertainment value, accuracy of information, and production quality. Three prizes of up to $1,500 will be awarded to students with the winning entries. Winners also earn $250 for their school. Contest information is available at Deadline for entries is April 1, 2019.

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