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2016 Every Drop Counts Poster Contest recognition ceremony

MIAMI (May 18, 2016)

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) honored the Every Drop Counts poster contest winners at yesterday’s Board of County Commissioner’s meeting. Thirteen winning posters, one from each County Commission District, were selected by a panel of judges based on three criteria: water conservation messaging, visual effectiveness and universal appeal and originality. Three of the posters were submitted to the State Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA) “Drop Savers” Water Conservation Poster Contest and all won first place in their division.

The elementary school students used their creative talents to illustrate the importance of conserving water. “I’m very happy to have won. It feels so good,” said Daniela Eylerts, a third grade student at Bent Tree Elementary School from District 10. Her mother proudly stated her daughter worked very hard for several days to create the poster and since the beginning, felt she was going to win. In addition to first place, Daniela was also an FSAWWA winner. 

All of the artists were recognized by the County Commissioners and received a t-shirt and a bag full of prizes from local sponsors. The sponsors included Publix, Game Time, Laserland and Adventure, Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins, Miami Marlins, Coral Gables Museum, Deering Estate, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami-Dade Police Department, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Zoo Miami, Jungle Island, Miami Seaquarium, University of Miami, and Florida International University.

A total of 1,671 students from 96 elementary schools participated in the contest and received a t-shirt for their efforts. The Every Drop Counts poster contest is part of WASD’s Water-Use Efficiency Plan’s commitment to educate youth on the importance of water and protecting this valuable resource.  This plan builds on the County's historical involvement with communities by educating through public outreach.

The winning entries along with the honorable mentions can be viewed online.

Note to Editor: High resolution photos are available upon request.

It is the priority of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to provide safe, reliable service to its customers. For additional information about Department services and programs, visit the website.