2017 Poster and Poetry Contest

In celebration of Drinking Water Week, May 7-13, 2017, DC Water is sponsoring a poster and poetry contest for K-12 public school students in Washington, DC.  This year’s theme is “Your Water – To Know It Is To Love It”. 

Access to clean, safe tap water is vital to any community. Tap water is used every day for drinking, cooking, cleaning, fire safety and in many other ways throughout the District.  Using tap water instead of bottled water is better for the environment and is also much less expensive. Through this contest, students are encouraged to creatively capture how they use tap water in their daily lives and explore the benefits of drinking and using tap water.

Download the Entry Form and Complete Rules


 Entries must be received or postmarked by March 31, 2017


Posters and Poetry should clearly reflect theme of the contest and the use of tap water.


District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) Students in grades K-12

  • The POSTER contest is open to DCPS students in grades K-6
  • The POETRY contest is open to DCPS students in grades 7-12


  • Poster- 1st Place - $100, 2nd Place - $50, 3rd Place- $50
  • Poetry - 1st Place - $100, 2nd Place - $50, 3rd Place - $50
  • Honorable mentions from each category may be selected and featured in a 2018 DC Water Calendar.

Contest Rules

  • All entries must reflect the theme of the contest. 
  • One original entry per student.  Any plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.
  • All entries must be labeled on the back in the upper left hand corner with the student’s full name, grade, school, and teacher’s name.
  • All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form.  
  • POSTERS must be no larger than 11 x 17 inches in landscape or portrait format.
    • Students may use any colors or media (crayon, marker, pencil, paint, etc.) to create their poster.
  • POETRY must be submitted on one standard 8.5 x 11 inch letter size paper.
    • Any style of poetry is acceptable. 
    • Entries may be handwritten or typed.

Entries will be judged by how well they reflect the theme of the contest, originality, and creativity.  Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony during Drinking Water Week and entries will be displayed in selected locations across the District.  All entries become the property of DC Water and may be used at any time in the future for any purpose including, but not limited to, advertising, social media pages, and promotional materials.  Entries will not be returned. 

Find out more about drinking water week.