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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 congratulates the winners of the 19th annual The Adventures of Tappy Turtle Coloring Book contest. Fourth and fifth grade students were invited to draw Tappy Turtle, Cobb Water System’s water conservation mascot, demonstrating water conservation tips.

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Group of elementary age students holding a coloring book with Tappy the turtle mascot on either side of the group

waterSmart waterArt Calendar Contest

Our 14th Annual Calendar Contest is complete! Students from twelve Cobb County middle schools submitted artwork, which was judged on creativity, relevance, and artistic ability. All winning artwork is displayed in a virtual gallery that can be viewed at Flickr gallery. The 12 winning entries will be featured in the 2024 waterSmart waterArt calendar that will be distributed throughout Cobb County. Winners were honored, and the cover winner revealed, Ms. Kathyayini Y. from Dickerson Middle School, at a reception on December 11th, 2023.

a collage of children's drawings

High School Photography Contest

Cobb County Water System and Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority congratulate the 10 Cobb County high school students for their winning entries in the 5th annual waterSmart photography contest. Students were asked to submit images taken in Cobb County in one of six categories: Water at Play, Water at Work, Water in Nature, Water and People, Protecting Water, and Conserving Water.  To view winning entries, visit our Flickr gallery

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collage photos of various settings