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 the November 22, 2019 deadline. The project provides fifth grade students with the opportunity to express themselves creatively and learn more about the importance of conserving water—New York’s most precious natural resource. 

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. The form should be securely attached to the back of the student’s piece of artwork. Do not attach these forms with paper clips or staples, which can damage the artwork.

MAILING: Entries must be mailed flat or rolled in a tube - no folding, please! If mailing flat, please be sure to use cardboard or a similar material to protect artwork during mailing.

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 postmarked by November 22, 2019. We are not responsible for entries that are late or lost in the mail. Please mail to: New York American Water, ATTN: BE WATER WISE! Art Contest, 60 Brooklyn Avenue, Merrick, NY 11566.

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 BE WATER WISE! water bottle and certificate of recognition.

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