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Poster Contest


Poster Contest

Each year, EMWD sponsors a poster contest for students in grades TK-5. The winning students, as well as their teachers, are honored at an awards ceremonies hosted by EMWD. Of the winning posters, the top five are submitted to The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in Los Angeles for consideration for a possible spot on the WATER IS LIFE calendar.

For more information, please contact EMWD’s Education team at 951-928-3777, ext. 4350 or email the Education team.

2020 Poster Contest Theme: ”Water is Life” 

View the 2020 Poster Contest Flyer.

Review 100+ Ways to Conserve Water!

Contest Guidelines

Open to Grades TK-5

Students must use official poster paper. If your school is located in Murrieta Valley or Temecula Valley Unified School Districts, please contact Rancho California Water District to order paper.

All artwork must be original artwork. NO computer, trademark or copyrighted artwork will be accepted.

Posters duplicating the artwork of past winners will be disqualified.

Submitting more than one entry per class will disqualify all entries from that teacher.

At least one winner will be selected per school district.

Encourage students to focus on water conservation. For example, use water wise landscape (bees love it!) or, when brushing their teeth, students should turn the water off instead of leaving it on. Please review 100+ Ways to Conserve Water.

Posters must be drawn horizontally within the border of the official poster paper.

For design purposes, any writing or artwork in the 1” border area disqualifies the poster.

Students should use BOLD, BRIGHT and BRILLIANT colors using colored pencils, markers, paint, ink, fabric, cut paper, pencil and/or watercolors. Crayons are not recommended. If students elect to use crayons, we request that they select dark colors as the lighter colors do not show up well for reproduction purposes.

A short message about water MUST be written on the poster within the border. Be concise, fewer words are better than more.

Artwork becomes the property of EMWD/RCWD and may not be returned.

Select ONE winning poster from your class and submit to your school front office by Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 8 a.m.

EMWD/RCWD will pick up winning posters from school front office. For the 2020 Poster Contest, this will happen the week of October 15-18, 2019.

Winners will be notified in late 2019 and honored at a recognition event in early 2020.

Order Official Poster Paper

Order Deadline: Friday, September 13, 2019

Email your request for official poster paper to EMWD’s Education team. Please include the following information:

  • School Name
  • Teacher Name
  • Grade Level
  • Quantity of Sheets

Poster paper will be delivered to your school between Tuesday, September 17, 2019 and Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

Judging Criteria

Theme – expression




Artistic execution


Minimum of one winner per school district.

Winning students and their teachers will be honored at a ceremony in May/June.


Prizes awarded to teachers and students:




Gift card

One set of note cards w/student artwork

Framed student artwork

Promotional item with student artwork

Gift card

One set of note cards w/ student artwork

One class set of pencils

Promotional item with student artwork

The winning posters will be posted on the EMWD website. Selected winning artwork will be sent on to The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for a possible spot on their calendar. Winning student will be invited to attend a recognition ceremony in Los Angeles.