Imagine A Day Without Water

The Albemarle County Service Authority (ACSA), City of Charlottesville and Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority (RWSA) participated in "Imagine a Day without Water," a national campaign to educate and inspire the community about the value and importance of water in our everyday lives.

The campaign involved an event in October as well as an art contest where students from the City and County were asked to creatively convey a day without water. The contest was a great success with over 570 poster entries and with representation from almost all City and County Public Schools, private schools, and other organizations, grades 1st through 8th.

Judges from the City, ACSA, RWSA, StreamWatch, and Piedmont Council for the Arts helped evaluate the artwork for creativity, originality, and incorporation of the contest's message: "Image a Day without Water". One winner was chosen from the four grade divisions: 1st - 2nd, 3rd - 4th, 5th - 6th, and 7th - 8th. In addition, the top 50 entries were available to the public to view online and vote for a favorite art poster. With close to 1,200 online votes, a fan favorite was selected. All 5 winners will receive a $200 gift card, water conservation goodie bag, and have their artwork displayed around Charlottesville including City Hall, JMRL - Central Library, Public Works Administration Building, ACSA Building, and RWSA Building.

In addition, teachers were encouraged to promote student participation by entering them into a drawing for a $200 gift card to be used for classroom projects. Odds for winning were increased with greater student participation. Four teachers were selected, and the winners of the teacher participation gift cards are the following: Cristin McGarey from Burnley-Moran Elementary, Brandy Garbaccio from Crozet Elementary, Tamara Murray from Charlottesville Day School, and Kathryn Durkee from Community Public Charter School.

The student winners along with the four teachers were recognized at the Imagine a Day without Water Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, December 15th at the Water Street Center.