Water Supply Expands Format for 5th Annual Keiki Water Conservation Poster Contest

Water Supply Expands Format for 5th Annual Keiki Water Conservation Poster Contest


HILO, HAWAI‘I – The Department of Water Supply (DWS), County of Hawai‘i, invites Hawai‘i Island students attending kindergarten through the sixth grade to enter its 5th Annual Keiki Water Conservation Poster Contest featuring an expanded format.

To encourage more keiki to learn about conserving water, the Department of Water Supply is including sixth-grade students for the first time.  Prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place entrants from each grade level K-6, as chosen by a panel of judges, for a maximum total of 14 winners island-wide.  The Department will announce winning entries at a future meeting of the Water Board of the County of Hawai‘i.

Friday, March 10, 2023, is the deadline to submit an original artwork illustrating this year’s theme of Our Water, Our Future, Conserve It on a flat, 11- by 17-inch paper.  Any medium may be used, except for three-dimensional renderings, chalk, charcoal and oil-based crayon.  No computer graphics or photographs will be accepted.  Make sure each poster lists the artist’s name in legible print.

Each poster submission should be accompanied by a completed entry form available below, at www.hawaiidws.org, via email by contacting dws@hawaiidws.org or by calling DWS on regular working days at (808) 961-8050.  There is no charge to enter.  Contest entries should be mailed to DWS in Hilo or dropped off in designated bins at DWS’ offices in Hilo, Kona or Waimea by Friday, March 10.  Address locations and additional contest rules are listed on the attached entry form and at www.hawaiidws.org.

The free contest aims to highlight the importance of reducing water waste and protecting drinking water supplies.  It challenges keiki to utilize artistic ways of conserving our most precious resource – safe drinking water.  Conservation ideas, including the video “Save Water to Help the Earth,” are posted under the “Conservation” link at www.hawaiidws.org.

Founded in 1949, the Department of Water Supply is a semi-autonomous agency of the County of Hawai‘i.  The Department’s mission is to provide customers with an adequate and continuous supply of safe drinking water through the operation of its 23 separate water systems that combined deliver about 25 million gallons of water each day to Hawai‘i Island communities.

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