Drinking Water Week Poster Contest

Drinking Water Week, May 3-9, 2020, is an opportunity recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives and is celebrated each year during the first full week of May. To celebrate, the Department of Natural Resources and the American Water Works Association will hold a poster contest for Missouri fifth-grade students. The winning students will be awarded $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. Entries will be judged on three criteria: how original the entry is, how well the concept is executed and how well the poster relates to public water supplies. The poster should show how tap water is essential to our daily lives. This year's contest theme is "There when you need it."

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.

Contest entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2020. Each entry should have the student’s name, teacher’s name and school’s name, address and telephone number on the back. Students should also sign the front of the artwork. The artwork can be no larger than 11 by 17 inches. Mail entries to: Tisha Holden, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Water Protection Program, P.O. Box, 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176.  For more information, call 1-800-361-4827 or 573-526-1837.

2020 Winners

First Place
Giselle Stoeva

Second Place
Anna Drescher

Third Place
Kaviya Senthilkomar
Shenandoah Valley

Previous Winners

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By far the largest source of drinking water for Missourians is surface water from the Missouri River. The abundant supply of water in the Missouri River and its proximity to the state’s major population centers make the use of this river as a source so popular.

Groundwater is the next most used source of drinking water for Missouri’s community supplies. In southern Missouri, good quality groundwater is easy to obtain and typically requires very little treatment to be used for drinking water. Some groundwater systems have the best of both worlds and use alluvial wells in valleys of the Missouri and Mississippi river system where they can get large volumes of water free of surface contaminants. Wells in the Missouri River alluvium provide groundwater to a significant population. More than half the state’s population gets their drinking water from the Missouri River or its alluvial wells. The importance of this resource cannot be overstated.

Want to learn more about your drinking water?  Read your public water supply's Consumer Confidence Report.

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