Arlington's Value of Water Art Contest Begins Sept. 8, 2020
By Traci Peterson, Arlington Water Utilities
Posted on September 03, 2020, September 03, 2020

One of the 2019 Value of Water coloring contest winners.

Arlington students know the value of water, whether they are playing in the backyard sprinklers or drinking a refreshing glass while tackling online lessons. Now, they can show that appreciation - and compete for prizes - by entering the 2020 Value of Water Mini Poster Contest.

The Value of Water Mini Poster Contest is open to pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students who live in Arlington. It kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 8. Entries are due by Tuesday, Oct. 13. The contest is sponsored by Arlington Water Utilities, Arlington Public Library, River Legacy Living Science Center, and Tarrant Regional Water District.

Winners will receive a pack of water-themed books, a water science kit and passes to the Discovery Room at River Legacy Living Science Center. Each winner and their teacher will also receive an invitation to be recognized at an Arlington City Council meeting. The water department will also display winning entries at Arlington City Hall or the Arlington Water Utilities South Service Center this fall.

 Entering the contest is simple. 

• Students in Kindergarten-4th grade - Please use a 8 ½ by 11 inch piece of plain white paper to create a colorful drawing that shows us why water is important to you – whether it’s a picture of you and your friends splashing in the pool or your mom or dad pouring you a cool glass of lemonade. Don’t forget, you can show us how animals use water, too!

• Pre-kindergarten students - please complete one of the coloring sheets posted at to enter the contest. The preprinted coloring sheets are also available at Arlington Public Library locations, inside or at curbside pickup.

• When you’re finished with your entry, send a scan or photo of your artwork to by Tuesday, Oct. 13.

• Entries should also include the following information: 1. Grade for the 2020-2021 school year 2. School attended 3. Parent or guardian phone number 4. And a couple of sentences to answer these questions - What did you draw? Why is water important?

Six winners (one each from pre-k - 4th grade) will be announced on the Arlington Water Facebook page on Oct. 21, 2020, which is also the nationwide observance of the Value of Water campaign’s Imagine a Day Without Water. Imagine a Day Without Water is a national education campaign that brings together diverse stakeholders to highlight how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. To learn more, visit

Need inspiration? Join River Legacy Living Science Center on Saturday, Sept. 12 for their virtual Water Awareness Through Education and Recreation (WATER) Festival. For more information on how to join online and how to get a free water education kit before the event, visit

To learn more about the Mini-Poster Contest and view a full list of rules, visit

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