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Water Education School Contests

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Cobb County Water System (CCWS) and Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) partnered on the waterSmart program  in 2005 and conduct three  contests annually to give students at all grade levels an opportunity to learn about water conservation and the value of water.

  1. Coloring Book Contest with elementary school students
  2. Calendar Contest with middle school students
  3. Photography Contest with high school students

CCWS, through the Metro North GA Water Planning District, also provides students with the opportunity to participate in two competitive creative programs: middle school essay contest and high school video contest.

In addition, we encourage students to participate in the Georgia Project WET Georgia River of Words poetry and art contest and Georgia Wildlife Resources Division Give Wildlife a Chance poster contest.

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Adventures with Tappy Turtle Coloring Book Contest

WaterSmart announces the opening of the 19th Annual Adventures of Tappy Turtle Coloring Book contest.  All 4th and 5th-grade students enrolled in Cobb County and Marietta City Schools are invited to draw Tappy Turtle, Cobb Water System’s water conservation mascot, demonstrating water conservation tips. Teachers may register for the contest by sending an email to with the following information: School name, teacher name, and the anticipated total number of students participating from your school. Once your registration email is processed, the entry forms with your assigned water conservation tips and contest rules will be sent to you. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 22, 2023

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Click here to download last year's coloring book.

Tappy Turtle Coloring Book 2023

waterSmart waterArt Calendar Contest

Our 14th Annual waterSmart waterArt calendar contest is now open for submission.  waterSmart would like to invite 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students to create a 2-D work of art that answer the question “How is water important to me?”

waterArt Calendar Collage of ten paintings for 2023

High School Photography Contest

The Cobb County Water System (CCWS) and the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) announce the winners of the 4th Annual waterSmart High School Photography Contest.

This contest invited all high school students enrolled in Cobb County and City of Marietta School Districts to enter a photograph in one of 6 categories: Water at Play, Water at Work, Water in Nature, Water and People, Protecting Water, and Conserving Water. The winning entries received a cash prize and were created into notecards that are distributed throughout the county. The photographs will be displayed at the Mable House Arts Center, located at 5239 Floyd Rd SW, Mableton, Georgia from April 13 through May 25. The Mable House Art Center is open Monday – Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The winning photographs are posted for viewing by clicking HERE.

Congratulations to our 2023 waterSmart Photography Contest winners:

Abigail B. - Hillgrove High School
Anumita S. - Lassiter High School
Campbell S. - Lassiter High School
Charlotte T. – Pope High School
Hayden P. – Lassiter High School
Isabella U. – Lassiter High School
Kara B. - Harrison High School
Madison B. – Lassiter High School
Presley B. – Hillgrove High School
Samantha L. – Lassiter High School

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a collage of photos for the 2023 photo contest