Water is life Art Contest

Each year, Western Water hosts the Water is Life Art Contest for students in grades K-12. The contest provides an artistic avenue for students to express their understanding of water use efficiency and how they can use water wisely. 

Three winners from each grade category will be selected (K-5, 6-8, 9-12). Winners will receive an Amazon gift card:

  • First place: $100
  • Second place: $75
  • Third place: $50

The winning students, and their teachers, are recognized for their efforts. Some winners may go on to compete in the regional art contest hosted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for consideration of inclusion in their annual Water is Life calendar.

Deadline and submission details for the 2024 Water is Life Art Contest will be available soon.

Tentative submission deadline: March 2024

  1. Contest Guidelines
  2. Judging Criteria
  3. Participant Resources

Contest Guidelines

  1. “Water is Life” is the theme. Art will be judged on theme clarity, neatness/quality, and creativity/originality. 
  2. BOLD, BRIGHT, BRILLIANT colors show up best! Students may use the following media: crayons, markers, pencils, paints, watercolors, chalks, cut paper, and/or fabric. 
  3. Art MUST be drawn HORIZONTALLY (the requirement of a graphic). 
  4. Words must be spelled CORRECTLY. 
  5. Only ORIGINAL artwork will be accepted. No copying of others’ artwork, computer-generated, traced, trademarked, or copyrighted characters and slogans. 
  6. Art should depict various water uses and/or “wise” water use at home or school, in industries or businesses, in the environment, in agriculture, recreation, or water use in health and safety. 
  7. Artwork MUST be “truly” the hands-on work of the student and realistically represent the age, grade, and developmental skill level of the student. 
  8. Submissions become the property of Western and may not be returned.

Eligible Schools

Alvord Unified School District
Lake Hills Elementary

Murrieta Unified School District
Murrieta Elementary

Val Verde Unified School District
Citrus Hill High

Private schools from the qualifying areas are eligible.

Contact our Education Program team at education@wmwd.com for more information.

Riverside Unified School District
Amelia Earhart Middle
Benjamin Franklin Elementary
John F. Kennedy Elementary
Martin Luther King High
Lake Mathews Elementary
Mark Twain Elementary
Frank Augustus Miller Middle
William Howard Taft Elementary
Tomas Rivera Elementary
Woodcrest Elementary