The winners of the 2018 Drinking Water Week poster contest, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the American Water Works Association were:

First place poster Second place poster Third place poster
First Place
Cadence Probst
Cape Girardeau
Second Place
Aaron Mikessell
Third Place
Alton Murray III

The winning posters were chosen from more than 500 entries submitted by fifth grade students across Missouri.  The winners were awarded $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place by the American Water Works Association.

The poster contest is held in celebration of National Drinking Water Week, the first full week of May.   Drinking Water Week is a week set aside each year to make people more aware of the benefits of 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 poster contest asked students to celebrate what only tap water can deliver.