Drinking Water Week, May 5-11, 2019, is an opportunity to 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 held a poster contest for Missouri fifth-grade students. The Fifth Grade Center’s Kimmi Lin and Jennifer Song won first and third place, respectively.
Entries were 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. The winning students will be awarded $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place.
Drinking Water Week is a week set aside each year to make people more aware of the benefits of tap water. 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.