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May 21, 2013 > Honoring a precious resource

Honoring a precious resource

For the past 16 years, Alameda County Water District (ACWD) has promoted conservation and wise use of a basic resource of life... water. The district, now in its 99th year of operation, was formed because citizens recognized the importance of protecting and conserving sources and delivery systems for homes, businesses, farms and ranches. Formed as the first District founded under the Caminetti Bill (County Water District Act of 1913), ACWD led the State of California in water conservation efforts.

To celebrate the success of District and citizen efforts as well as observe Water Awareness Month, a ceremony is held at an ACWD board meeting each year to recognize the culmination of educational efforts throughout Tri-City schools. This year, over 1450 entries were received from 167 classrooms representing 39 schools. Winners of an annual poster and slogan contest are recognized and a calendar featuring winning entries is viewed for the first time. Frank Jahn, known to school children as "The Water Guy" or "The Water Dude," emcees a lively event to honor both children and their teachers. Public Information Supervisor Jahn spends much of his time presenting age-appropriate educational materials and activities to Tri-City classes, kindergarten through high school.

This year, Jahn's theme of "Wheel of Fortune" kept contestants representing the three categories of Poster, Slogan and Honorable Mention guessing for a few minutes as blank spaces for letters were projected on a screen for the audience. As the letters were filled in by correct letter guesses by contestants, the message, also the theme of Water Awareness Month became clear: "Use water wisely, it's a way of life."

The top three contestants (Grand Prize, First Place Prizes) were awarded with a certificate of achievement and a gift certificate. Teachers of the top winning entries were awarded $250 for use in their classrooms. All winners received recognition and awards as well as "coveted" ACWD water bottles for personal use.

Calendars featuring winning entries are available at ACWD while supplies last.

Grand Prize Winner - Kanchan Raju
First Place Grades 1-3 - Shana Liu
First Place Grades 4-6 - Gini Lo

Poster Winners: Nancy Zuo, Mary Zhu, Desiree Luo, Sky Juinio, Clarise Han, Kelly Chang, Vani Kotpalliwar, Era Dewan, Christina Yu, Danyal Khan

Slogan Winners: Amaris Barring, Ephreen Ahmed, Ryan Noriega, Aubrey Angeles, Bryana Ureno, Naylana Horn, Daniel Guidry, Diya Indoliya, Dipti Mahamuni, Aditi Somayoyula, Viren Khandal, Eshwar Sugan

Honorable Mentions: Mayukhio Katragadda, Ayush Patel, Sophia Zhu, Valerie Tran, Julie Vy Le, Jasmine Lee, Steven Garcia, Vansh Venugopal, Grace Yan, Shreeya Indap, Nathan Lai, Benny Feng

For more information about ACWD, visit: or call (510) 668-4200.

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