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Poster Contest
for the 2015-2016 School Year

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority


Grade K-8 students in the MWRA service area are invited to participate in our Annual Poster Contest for 2014-2015.

Download a complete contest entry packet (PDF) for all rules, FAQs, forms, labels and other important details.

2015-2016 Topic
Water Use: It's For A Whole
Lot More than Drinking

Grades K-2: Create a poster showing how you use tap water, other than drinking, around the house.

Grades 3-5: Create a poster showing your tap water being used for doing chores (either at home, in the yard, or at school).

Grades 6-8: Create a poster showing your tap water being used for health purposes.

The MWRA supplies wholesale water to local water departments in 51 communities. This water comes from Quabbin Reservoir, about 65 miles west of Boston, and Wachusett Reservoir, about 35 miles west of Boston. On average, a family of four uses 90,000 gallons of water each year; each person uses about 65 gallons of water each day. We use our drinking water for a whole lot more than drinking.



The poster contest is open to all grade K-8 students in the MWRA service area. Only schools in the service area are eligible to enter.

Contest Topic
Create a poster poster showing a person or people doing their job in the water or waste-water field as it is related to Science, Technology, Engineering or Math.
Entries must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Early entries are encouraged.
Rules are included in the contest entry packet (PDF).
Required Forms and Labels

Every group of student entries must have a Contest Registration Form and each entry must have a Student Label attached securely to the back of the entry. Forms and labels are included in the contest entry packet (PDF).

Students may enter on their own if they live in or attend a school in the MWRA service area. You must include the student label on the back of your entry. Labels are included in thecontest entry packet (PDF).


First prize in each category is a $100.00 gift check, 2nd prize is a $50.00 check, and 3rd prize is a $25.00 check.  In the writing contest the (2) categories are 3-5 and 6-8.  In each of the categories there is a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and (3) honorable mention winners. 

All winners, including honorable mention winners, are invited with their families to an Awards Ceremony at Deer Island on Friday, May 27, 2016.

How to Submit Contest Entries

Posters should be no smaller than 8 ½ x 11 and no larger than 18 x 24.

All entries must be mailed to:

MWRA School Contest
2 Griffin Way
Chelsea, MA 02150

What Makes a Good Poster Entry
Make sure your poster is on topic. Don't try to include too many ideas or activities
on your poster. A single message, clearly illustrated, is more effective. If you use
lettering, make sure it can be read from across a room. For inspiration and examples, check out our poster contest winners for 2014-2015.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions and answers for teachers and students are included in the contest entry packet (PDF).

What if I still have some questions?

If you still have questions, please contact Meg Tabacsko, MWRA School Program Manager, at If you do not have access to email, please call Meg at 617-305-5646.

Only schools located in the MWRA Service Area listed below are eligible to participate in the Annual Poster, Writing and Video Contests

Water Communities
Chicopee Peabody
Clinton Saugus
Leominster Southborough
Lynn  South Hadley
Lynnfield Swampscott
Marblehead Weston
Marlborough Wilbraham
Nahant Worcester
Sewer Communities
Ashland Lancaster
Braintree Natick
Burlington Randolph
Hingham Walpole
Holbrook Weymouth
Water and Sewer Communities
Arlington Newton
Bedford Norwood
Belmont Quincy
Boston Reading
Brookline Revere
Cambridge Somerville
Canton Stoneham
Chelsea Stoughton
Dedham Wakefield
Everett Waltham
Framingham Watertown
Lexington Wellesley
Malden Westwood
Medford Wilmington
Melrose Winchester
Milton Winthrop
Needham Woburn
Schools located on Cape Cod and within the Quabbin and Wachusett Watershed are also eligible to participate.


Meg Tabacsko

Vicki Mucci

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Updated January 5, 2016

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Need inspiration?

MWRA Contest winner 2014-2015

Check out our contest winners for 2014-2015

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