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Poster and Writing Contests
for the 2022-2023 School Year

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

It's MWRA contest time! Once again the MWRA is sponsoring Poster and Writing Contests for students who live in or attend school in a community served by the MWRA.

2022-2023 Topic
for Poster and Writing Contests

image of contest poster

People who live in, go to school, or work within the MWRA’s water service area are lucky to have one of the most abundant and high quality water supplies in the world.

Water supplied from the Quabbin and Wachusett reservoirs allows us to quench our thirst, bathe, flush toilets, and water our lawns without a thought. The Quabbin/Wachusett system is so large that it can withstand short and medium drought and dry periods without a significant impact on operating levels. BUT, that doesn’t mean we should waste water. Water conservation is important to everyone!

Students in the MWRA service area are invited to use their creative skills to design a poster and/or write an essay, poem or story explaining the importance of water conservation.

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Contest Entry Packet:

All rules, FAQs, forms, labels and other important details

contest entry packet (PDF)


Contests are limited to schools in the MWRA service area.
Eligible communities


A winning poster from last year

Last Year's Winners

Classroom Presentations

Meg Tabacsko


We hope the students will have fun with this topic and learn some important facts in the process.  Good luck to all participants!

Poster Contest (grades K-12)

Students are asked to use their creative skills to design a poster explaining the importance of water conservation.

Posters should be no smaller than 8.5" x 11" inches and no larger than 18" x 24" inches. Posters received bigger or smaller than these dimensions will not be judged.

POSTERS WILL BE JUDGED IN 4 CATEGORIES: Gr. K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

Writing Contest (grades 3-8)

Students are asked to use their creative skills to write an essay, poem or story explaining the importance of water conservation.

Writing entries must be no more than 2 single-sided pages and may be typed or written neatly in ink.



Entries must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 15, 2023. Early entries are encouraged.

Rules are included in the contest entry packet (PDF).
Required Forms and Labels

Students may enter on their own if they live in or attend a school in the MWRA service area. 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).


First prize in each category is a $100.00 gift card, 2nd prize is a $50.00 card, and 3rd prize is a $25.00 card.

Winners will be announced in April 2023.

How to Submit Contest Entries

All entries must be mailed to:

MWRA School Program
2 Griffin Way
Chelsea, MA 02150

Early entries are encouraged!

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. And, don't forget to check your spelling! For inspiration and examples, check out our poster contest winners for 2021-2022.

What Makes a Good Writing Entry
First, be sure your entry is on topic. As good as a piece might be, if it isn't on topic, it can't win a prize. Then, use your creativity to make your entry stand out. The reader should remember your work because there was something unique about it. An essay can be just as creative as a poem or dialogue, if it has a clear theme and is developed cleverly. Don't forget to check your spelling! For ideas, take a look at our writing contest winners for 2021-2022.
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?

Please contact Jacqueline Collins, MWRA School Program Administrative Coordinator at, (617) 305-5681.

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

Water Communities
Chicopee Peabody
Leominster Saugus
Lynn  Southborough
Lynnfield South Hadley
Marblehead Swampscott
Marlborough Weston
Nahant Wilbraham
Northborough Worcester
Sewer Communities
Braintree Natick
Hingham Randolph
Holbrook Walpole
Lancaster Weymouth
Water and Sewer Communities
Arlington Needham
Ashland Newton
Bedford Norwood
Belmont Quincy
Boston Reading
Brookline Revere
Burlington Somerville
Cambridge Stoneham
Canton Stoughton
Chelsea Wakefield
Clinton Stoughton
Dedham Waltham
Everett Watertown
Framingham Wellesley
Lexington Westwood
Malden Wilmington
Medford Winchester
Melrose Winthrop
Milton Woburn
Schools located on Cape Cod and within the Quabbin and Wachusett Watershed are also eligible to participate.
Updated November 16, 2022