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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 18th Annual Adventures of Tappy Turtle Coloring Book contest.  All 4th and 5th-grade students enrolled in Cobb County Schools are invited to draw Tappy Turtle, Cobb Water System’s water conservation mascot, demonstrating water conservation tips. 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 3:00 PM on Thursday, December 15, 2022

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Click here to download last year's coloring book.

Tappy Turtle coloring book cover

waterSmart waterArt Calendar Contest

Our 13th 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?”


High School Photography Contest

Cobb County Water System and Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority congratulate the 11 Cobb County high school students for their winning entries in the third annual waterSmart photography contest. Students were asked to submit images taken in Cobb County in one of six categories. Over 40 entries were submitted from 4 participating schools. All entries are displayed in a virtual gallery and can be seen here.

Open Press Release.

Mike Kahle

Photo Contest Winners 2022 Collage