Water Awareness Calendar Contest

​​​​​​​​Each year, Public Utilities conducts a Water Awareness Calendar Contest to help educate our customers about ways to use water wisely. The calendar's theme is "How I use water wisely in and around my home." 

2023 Calendar Contest Winners Announced!

View Winners' artwork here!

View Honorable Mentions' artwork here!

Water Awareness Calendar Topics

Please choose a topic from the following list for your artwork submission. You can stick with one topic or combine a few—just use your creativity! Please ensure your artwork is on 8.5x11 inch paper in landscape orientation (horizontal/sideways).

The picture can be about:

1. Water Conservation
  • Take shorter showers
  • Only wash full loads of laundry
  • Only wash full loads of dishes
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
  • Only fill the bath tub halfway
  • Wash your pets on the grass so you are watering the lawn at the same time
  • Water plants in the morning or evening to reduce water loss due to evaporation
  • Use a hose nozzle
  • Check for leaky toilets
  • Fix leaky pipes
  • Sweep your driveway and sidewalk instead of using a hose
  • Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water instead of under running water
  • Install low-flow toilets
  • Look for the WaterSense (high-efficiency) label when purchasing a toilet, showerhead, or fau-cet
  • Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the fridge rather than letting the faucet run until it’s cold
  • Collect rain water with a rain barrel to use to water plants, wash your pets, etc.
  • Adjust automatic sprinklers when it rains so you are not overwatering 
  • Make sure your sprinklers are only watering grass and plants, not the driveway or sidewalk
  • Use mulch in your garden to retain water
  • Plant native species because they use less water
  • Repurpose used water to water your plants
  • Turn off the water while washing your hands​

2. Backflow Prevention
  • Don’t put a hose in water (pool, bucket, puddle, etc.)

3. Keeping Fats, Oil, and Grease out of the Sanitary Sewer S​ystem
  • Reduce or eliminate garbage disposal use because food scraps can contain fat, oil, or grease
  • Pour cooking grease into an empty food can to let it cool, then toss it in the trash
  • Scrape your plate over a trashcan before rinsing

4. What Not to Flush/Only Flushing the 3 P’s
  • Do not flush: wipes (even those labeled “flushable”), tissues, paper towels, disposable diaper liners, cotton swabs, cat litter, dental floss
  • Don’t use your toilet as a trashcan​

*While preventing pollution of our local waterways is very important, artwork with this theme will not be considered for this contest.

More Information:  Contes​t ​Entry Form​​​ and Contest Rules

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