DWS invites keiki to enter poster contest

“Conserve to Preserve” is the theme of the county Department of Water Supply’s 2020 Keiki Water Conservation Poster Contest, open to all Big Island schoolchildren enrolled in grades K-5.

The free contest aims to highlight the importance of water conservation and why drinking water supplies must be protected and preserved. It challenges keiki to use artistic ways of conserving our most precious resource — safe drinking water. Conservation ideas, including the video “Save Water to Help the Earth,” are posted online under the “Conservation” link at www.hawaiidws.org.


The deadline to submit an original artwork illustrating the “Conserve to Preserve” theme is Friday, March 13, 2020.

Posters should be created on flat 11-by-17-inch paper. No computer graphics or photographs will be accepted. Any medium can be used, except three-dimensional renderings, chalk, charcoal and oil-based crayon. Each poster submission must be accompanied by a completed entry form, which is available at www.hawaiidws.org, via email by contacting dws@hawaiidws.org or by calling DWS at 961-8050.

Entries can be mailed to or dropped off at DWS offices in Hilo, Kona, Waimea and Ka‘u. Address locations and additional contest rules are listed on the entry form and the DWS website.


Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place winners from each grade level for a total of 12 winners islandwide. Winning entries will be announced at a future Water Board meeting.

Winners of the 2019 contest are showcased in the 2020 calendar available at DWS offices and online.

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