Charlottesville & Albemarle County Community Raise Awareness about the Value of Water with Student Art Contest
The City of Charlottesville (City), Albemarle County Service Authority (ACSA), and Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority (RWSA) will join the fourth annual “Imagine a Day without Water” national campaign to educate and inspire the community about the value of water in our everyday lives. In October, communities around the nation join the effort to raise public awareness about the water infrastructure crisis currently facing the United States, highlight our local drinking water systems, and emphasize the importance of water conservation. The City, ACSA, and RWSA will be participating through a joint, annual student art contest that will run until October 15th as well as hosting an event on the downtown mall on October 10th.
The City, ACSA, and RWSA is again running their annual “Imagine a Day without Water” Student Art Contest where students are asked to artistically convey the new theme of “How do you Save Water?” This contest will be open to all 1st – 8th grade students in Charlottesville and Albemarle. Art entries will be accepted September 10th – October 15th. Last year’s contest was a huge success bringing in over 630 entries and we hope to see increased participation throughout the community. There will be cash prizes awarded to the top finishers in different age categories and a fan favorite will be selected by the community (online voting will be available from November 1st – 15th).
In addition, the City, ACSA, and RWSA will be hosting a public event on Wednesday, October 10th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on the Downtown Mall on the corner of East Main Street and 2nd Street NE next to the water fountain display at Central Place Plaza. There will be information about our public water utilities and water sources, free giveaways to help residents save water, and music entertainment provided by 106.1 The Corner. The winning entries from last year’s art contest will also be on display.
“Each year the City, ACSA, and RWSA look forward to holding this event as a chance to connect the community to their water supply and stress the importance of keeping our water supply clean and sustainable,” said Jill Greiner, the City’s Water Conservation Program Coordinator. “Water is a limited, natural resource that is vital to the Charlottesville community. While we are not currently faced with a drought like the one last year that impacted the entire community, we hope the Imagine a Day without Water campaign reminds the Charlottesville community why water is important and helps us continue to think about ways we all can save water.”