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County art competition focuses on water conservation

Drinking water in Fairfax County is a valuable resource, and this year Fairfax Water is hosting an art competition for high school students to educate the next generation about water conservation.

Fairfax Water and Fairfax County Wastewater Management are partnering with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government to sponsor this water conservation-themed art competition. “We felt art was a unique and exciting way to understand the conservation of this source,” said Fairfax Water’s Melissa Atwood.

The idea for the county’s Water World is to view this resource as “One Water,” similar to the “One Fairfax” county social effort.

Our drinking water, wastewater and rainwater are all one water, connected via our local waterways. To protect water quality for future generations, it’s important to understand where water comes from, how we use it, where it goes when it leaves our homes and businesses, and how it ends up being source water again,” they said.

In a one water video produced by the county, it said “wastewater, rainwater and drinking water are all one water.” It then flows back to the house through various stages of rivers, lakes, storm drains and pumping works.

To protect water quality for future generations, it is important to understand where water comes from, how we use it, where it goes after it leaves our homes and businesses, and how it ends up being source water again. “Art is a great way for students to learn about water conservation and creatively express what they’ve learned on the topic. Student-created artwork can be used to help inform the entire community about this important issue,” Fairfax Water said.

The contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12 and can enter two categories: “Drawing and Drawing” or “Photography and Digital Art.” Submissions should convey a clear and creative message about water conservation, highlight the connections between human actions on land that affect water quality, and judges are looking for themes in the art. It should be connected to local waterways, water recreation facilities and the role of water utilities to protect our water sources through environmental stewardship and responsible wastewater treatment.

Local winners will go on to compete in regional art competitions, where they can win a grand prize of $300. Art teachers also receive prizes when grand prize winners are announced. There are $150 Honorable Mention recipients in each category.

apply to go https://bit.ly/3e8kd3h and for contest questions, email pr@fairfaxwater.org.

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