Each year, New York American Water hosts its annual “Be Water Wise!” art contest for local elementary school students within its service territory. Students are encouraged to participate in the art contest and submit their drawings by December 7, 2020. The project provides fifth grade students with the opportunity to express themselves creatively and learn more about the importance of conserving water— our precious natural resource. 

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, students are requested to submit their artwork digitally via email - - by December 7, 2020. See Contest Entry Form for more details. 

Contest Entry Form


ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to fifth-grade students in schools served by New York American Water. The contest can serve as a classroom project, and individual submissions from students who live within the company’s service territory are also welcomed.

THEME: Entries should reflect the theme of water conservation. This includes, but is not limited to, topics related to importance of saving water, ways we can conserve, as well as the importance of protecting our drinking water supply.

ARTWORK: All artwork must be the student’s original work. Artwork, on standard white 8.5” X 11” paper is preferred, and should not exceed 11” x 17” in size. Acceptable media are paint (water colors or oil), colored pencil, markers or pastels.

ENTRY FORM: Entry forms must be completed and signed by the student’s legal guardian. Be sure to submit one copy of the completed entry form for each entry.

DIGITAL SUBMISSION: Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, entries must be virtually submitted via email to Submissions require a clear photo or scan of the artwork. The file name should be formatted as: First Name, Last Name - School.

RIGHTS TO ARTWORK: Submissions become property of New York American Water. Through submission of artwork, contestants and their legal guardians grant non-exclusive reproduction and publication rights to the works submitted, which will not be returned.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: All entries must be emailed by December 7, 2020. Please email to:, Subject: BE WATER WISE! Art Contest.

JUDGING: Entries will be judged in December. The judges will consider creative vision, artistic talent, an understanding of value of water and an ability to communicate that message. Winners will be announced in December. New York American Water reserves the right to not award a winner if no entry merits such designation.

PRIZES: Three winners will be selected from New York American Water’s service area.

  • 1st Place $100 American Express gift card
  • 2nd Place $50 American Express gift card
  • 3rd Place $25 American Express gift card

All Entrants will receive a water bottle and certificate of recognition.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact Lee Mueller at 516-632-2233 or