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Oscar-worthy PSAs share compelling stories about water's worth in WASD contest

MIAMI (February 20, 2018)

Could you imagine running to open your gifts under the Christmas tree and unwrapping a thermos of drinking water – and being thrilled by receiving it? Water is a gift was the message shared by one of the winning Public Service Announcements submitted to the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department’s (WASD) Value of Water PSA contest. The first-place PSA brings the message right to our backyard by locating the video in picturesque Wynwood and delivering a “Hamilton” inspired rap depicting life impacted by a lack of water.

This is the second year that future film-makers from Miami-Dade County high schools submitted 30-second PSAs for the water conservation contest with the theme to “Imagine a day without water.”

“We live in a time where tomorrow’s challenges – especially concerning water, need to be addressed today,” said WASD Director Lester Sola. “Encouraging young people to participate in finding solutions and spreading the message is a great way for creating a dialogue that develops additional voices to assist in developing solutions that will benefit all of us. Tapping talented people in all sectors and age groups is just the first step.”

The PSAs were judged on relevance to theme, story-telling impact, originality, production and quality of presentation.

The top three entries were:

  • First Place: Alejandro Camacho and Juan Coronel; 12th-graders at Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School
  • Second Place: Laura Attarian, Claudia Scheuren, Carlos Sanchez and Katerina Navarro; 10th-graders at Gulliver Preparatory School
  • Third Place: Sean Dawson and Carlos Rodriguez; 11th-graders at Christopher Columbus High School

The winning PSA will be aired at area movie theaters during the summer and used as part of the department’s advertising campaigns.

To watch all three winning PSAs and to find our more information about participating in the next Value of Water PSA Video Contest, go to the contest’s webpage.


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 department’s website.