New Jersey American Water Names Winners of Annual Protect Our Watersheds Art Contest

CAMDEN, N.J. – JAN. 25, 2022 – New Jersey American Water is proud to announce the winners of its 2021 Protect Our Watersheds Art Contest. Out of over 200 entries, three fourth-graders within the company’s service territory were selected as winners for conveying the importance of protecting our natural resources through exceptional artwork.

“We are truly inspired by all of the submissions we received and commend every student who participated,” said Denise Venuti Free, Director of Communications and External Affairs, New Jersey American Water. “Activities like our art contest help to remind us that we all play a part in protecting our water sources, and the future of our watersheds looks very bright in the hands of these young stewards.”

The grand prize was awarded to Soham from Middlesex County, NJ for his painting of a lake cleanup that he participated in. Soham’s artwork shows the importance of watersheds as well as the many ways they can be put at risk, and what can be done to protect them.

Additionally, second and third-place prizes were awarded to Lauren and Valerie of Union County, NJ. Each winner received an American Express gift card and all contest participants received a certificate of participation and a reusable water bottle.


Photo caption: Soham of Middlesex County, NJ displays his Protect Our Watersheds artwork and congratulatory poster by his local watershed.

For more information about the Protect Our Watersheds Art Contest and to learn more about watershed protection, visit

New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people. For more information, visit and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE:AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 25 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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