HONOLULU(HawaiiNewsNow) - The Board of Water Supply (BWS) is now accepting entries for its 2013 Water Conservation Week Poster and Poetry Contests. The annual contests promote awareness of the island's limited drinking water supply and teach Oahu's youth to be more water-efficient.
"These annual contests encourage Oahu's school children to contribute to efforts that ensure the sustainability of Oahu's groundwater supply," said BWS Manager and Chief Engineer Ernest Lau. "We encourage Oahu's bright young minds to produce posters and poetry that reflect their thoughts on the value of our water and the need to conserve it."
For the 2013 contests, the BWS is partnering with Hawaii Energy and other program sponsors to invite Oahu students to consider the relationship between water and energy through the theme, "Save Water, Save Energy." This theme explores the important concept that conserving water has a dual benefit - it promotes sustainability of our limited water resources and also saves electricity.
"We at Hawaii Energy are excited to be a sponsor this year, as part of our program's goal to reduce the state's total electricity usage by 30 percent by 2030," said Ray Starling, Program Manager of Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded conservation and efficiency program serving Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties. "It is a little known fact that a substantial amount of electricity is needed to pump, treat, store and deliver the water we all use daily. By conserving water and electricity, residents can reduce their water and wastewater bills, lower electricity costs and provide for a better quality of life."
The poster contest is open to Oahu students in grades K-6, and the poetry contest is open to Oahu students in grades 7-12. The "Save Water, Save Energy" theme was specifically chosen to spark the creativity of students to depict the mutually beneficial relationship between water and energy conservation.
"These poster and poetry contests are excellent opportunities for students to learn about the need to preserve our water resources and adopt a water-efficient lifestyle," said BWS Chairman Duane Miyashiro. "As we raise generation after generation of water-smart residents, we ensure that our island's water resources will continue well into the future."
Students entering the poster contest should submit one original piece of artwork that relates to the theme on a 12 x 18-inch sheet of paper. Any art medium can be used except 3-dimensional work, chalk, charcoal, and oil-based crayons.
Students entering the poetry contest should submit one original poem, typed on a standard 8½ x 11-inch letter size paper. The poem must be 150 words or less and no longer than 20 lines. Any form of poetry is acceptable.
Entries must be submitted with a completed entry form by March 6, 2013, to the BWS's Communications Office at 630 South Beretania Street, Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., or to any Satellite City Hall on Oahu during their normal business hours. The contest entry form, complete contest rules, and additional information - such as educational materials and activities - are available online or can be obtained by contacting the BWS Communications Office at 748-5041 or by email . Additionally, contest information will be provided online via the BWS's Facebook page and its Twitter account.
The winning and honorable mention posters and poems will be showcased at different venues across the island in 2013, as well as featured in the 2014 Water Conservation Calendar, which will be made available to the public at the end of the year. In May, the winning students will be recognized at a special ceremony and presented with awards.