Water is life Art Contest

Each year, Western hosts an art contest for students in grades K-12. The Water is Life art contest provides an artistic avenue for students to express their understanding of water use efficiency and visually share how they think we are staying water-wise.

Three winners from each grade category will be selected (K-5, 6-8, 9-12). Winners will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card:

First place: $100
Second place: $75
Third place: $50

The winning students, and their teachers, will be recognized by Western. Some winners may go on to compete in a regional art contest hosted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, for consideration of inclusion in their annual Water is Life calendar.

2022 Water is Life Art Contest

2022 contest announcement (coming soon)

Submission deadline: To be announced


  1. Contest Guidelines
  2. Judging Criteria
  3. Participant Resources

Contest Guidelines

The theme of the art contest is Water is Life.

Artwork must be drawn horizontally. Vertical artwork will not be accepted.

Art should depict various water uses and/or “wise” water use at home, at school, in industries or businesses, in the environment, in agriculture, or in recreation.

Only ORIGINAL artwork will be accepted. No copying of others’ artwork, computer-generated, traced, trademarked or copyrighted characters and slogans.

Artwork MUST be “truly” the hands-on work of the student and realistically represent the age, grade and developmental skill level of the student.

BOLD, BRIGHT, BRILLIANT colors show up best! Students may use the following media: crayons, markers, pencils, paints, watercolors, chalks, cut paper and/or fabric.

Eligible Schools

Alvord Unified School District
Lake Hills Elementary

Murrieta Unified School District
Murrieta Elementary

Val Verde Unified School District
Citrus Hill High

For private school eligibility, contact Western's Education Program team at education@wmwd.com

Riverside Unified School District
Amelia Earhart Middle
Benjamin Franklin Elementary
John F. Kennedy Elementary
Martin Luther King High
Lake Mathews Elementary
Mark Twain Elementary
Frank Augustus Miller Middle
William Howard Taft Elementary
Tomas Rivera Elementary
Woodcrest Elementary