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The 8th Annual Every Drop Counts Poster Contest is now open

Miami-Dade County elementary school students from kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in the 8th Annual Every Drop Counts Kids Poster Contest. Using this year's theme, It Starts With Water - Conserve It!, students can express the benefits of water and energy conservation – and get a free T-shirt, with a chance to win other prizes!

Entries must be submitted no later than February 12, 2016 to:
Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department
Water Use Efficiency Section - Room 554-11
3071 SW 38 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33146

*Posters can also be submitted to the security guard at the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department's Main office.

The Every Drop Counts Kids Poster Contest, showcases 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.

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.


One winning entry will be selected from each of the 13 County Commission Districts. The top posters will be awarded prizes and featured in the 2017 Every Drop Counts Water Conservation postcard calendar. See the winners of the 2015 Every Drop Counts Kids Poster Contest in the Water Conservation Photo Gallery.

All 13 students will be recognized at a Board of County Commissioners 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.


Students must follow these guidelines when designing their poster. Any poster not following these guidelines will be disqualified.

  1. Poster must depict the theme of It Starts With Water - Let's Conserve It!
  2. Only Miami-Dade County elementary school students, grades K - 5, will be eligible to participate.
  3. Students must work as individuals. No teamwork posters will be allowed.
  4. Only original artwork will be accepted. No poster containing computer-generated graphics, photographs, collages, 3-D artwork or trademarked art will be accepted.
  5. Poster must be drawn horizontally (landscape format) on 11" x 17" or smaller white poster paper only. Posters that are larger than this size will not be judged.
  6. Students may use crayons, watercolors, poster paint, colored pencils or magic markers to create the poster.
  7. All entries must contain an official entry form filled out and signed by the parent or guardian. Posters that do not contain the signature of a parent or guardian will not be judged. The completed entry form must be securely taped to the back of the poster.
  8. Posters should not be folded when packaged.
  9. All artwork will become the property of the Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department and will not be returned.

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.

For more information, visit Miami-Dade County Water Conservation

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