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7th Annual Every Drop Counts Poster Contest

The contest is now closed for this year. We want to thank everyone for their entries. We also want to thank our sponsors who have made the contest possible. See sponsors below.

Miami-Dade County elementary school students were invited to submit original artwork that illustrates the importance of water conservation.

The Every Drop Counts Kids Poster Contest, now in its seventh year, showcased the creative talents of several thousand local students. The contest is one of the measures of Miami-Dade's Water-Use Efficiency Plan public outreach program, which features D-rop, the Miami-Dade water conversation mascot.


One winning entry will be selected from each of the 13 County Commission Districts. The top posters will be awarded prizes and in the 2015 Every Drop Counts Water Conservation postcard calendar. Their artwork will be featured in the Water Conservation Photo Gallery.

All 13 students will be recognized by the Board of County Commissioners at a meeting and may receive additional prizes.

All students who submit an entry will receive a D-rop t-shirt in recognition of their participation in the project.

Judging criteria

The winning posters will be selected by a panel of judges, using the following criteria:

  • Conservation Message (50 points) - Does the poster convey the theme's message clearly and link to the water and energy conservation subject?
  • Visual Effectiveness (30 points) - How does the poster relay the message and does it require you to take action? Will you remember the poster next year? Is it neat and creative? 
  • Universal Appeal (10 points) - Regardless of age, language or educational level, everyone should be able to understand the message. Does it appeal to the general population or a large audience?
  • Originality (10 points) - Artistic Expression.

The maximum number of points a poster can receive is 100 points.


One of the measures of Miami-Dade's Water-Use Efficiency Plan is education through public outreach. The strategy for the public outreach plan builds on the County's historical involvement with the communities it serves.  The efforts continue to build on two main types of activities: information and involvement. 

The Water-Use Efficiency Program has determined a need to better educate the youth of Miami-Dade County by (1) instilling an appreciation for water and the need to protect our natural resources and (2) to provide a chance to feature educational outreach efforts of Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, state and federal conservation initiatives on how to use water more efficiently. 

To meet these activities, the program has developed an innovative student art project to encourage local students to use their creative talents to promote water conservation.


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