In May 2009 the New York City Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) held its 23rd Annual Water Conservation Art and Poetry
Contest Award Ceremony. The winners were selected from among the entries
submitted by fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students from New York City
public, independent and parochial schools from each of the five boroughs. Students created original art and composed poetry that reflects an appreciation and understanding of New York City’s water resources including water supply, wastewater treatment and the importance of water conservation. The ceremony was held at Cooper Union in the Great Hall where 460 students from 123 schools were honored. The event was attended by approximately 900 students and family members.
The award ceremony honored all participating students and is part of DEP’s celebration of National Drinking Water Week, May 3 - 9. Borough winners, selected by a panel of judges from the City’s environmental education community, had the special honor of being called to the stage to receive their awards.
“The Art and Poetry Program raises awareness of the importance of clean, high–quality drinking water and what it takes to maintain our system and keep our watershed clean,” said Acting Commissioner Steven W. Lawitts. “Students effectively convey educational messages through the beauty of the creative arts and I congratulate them for their efforts in helping to protect and conserve a precious resource, New York’s award-winning drinking water.”
A highlight of the event included the presentation of a
plaque to DEP for best-tasting water in the state, which was awarded to New York City at the New York State Fair. The New York State Water Taste Test is a nonscientific competition cosponsored by the State Department of Health and the New York Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) to highlight the importance of one of New York’s most valuable resources – drinking water.