Area Sixth Grader’s Design Selected for Outstanding Originality and Unique Approach to Water Conservation

January 18, 2019 – Rowland Water District is pleased to announce that sixth grade student Fiona Chen from Blandford Elementary School in Rowland Heights has been named a winner in the  Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s (MWD) annual Water Is Life poster contest. This year’s “Water is Life” calendar focuses on the importance of water conservation and wise water use for the benefit all living things. Students in grades K-12 submitted artwork through water agencies that are served by Metropolitan.

“We are extremely proud of the gifted students who participated in this year’s contest, and Fiona’s excellent work shows us that the future of water conservation is in good hands,” says Brittnie Van De Car, Public Affairs Representative for Rowland Water District. “All of the entries were impressive and were judged based on each student’s unique brand of creativity and originality,” she adds.

Chen’s poster is entitled “Whatever We Save Will Save Us,” and depicts several droplets of water on a sun-lit horizon, with one earth-themed droplet falling from a spigot. Thirty-six works of art in total are featured in the calendar, which will be distributed throughout the community. She received a gift card in acknowledgment of her accomplishments, and her artwork will be featured in various MWD outreach materials and will appear on MWD’s website.

Rowland Water’s wholesaler, Three Valleys Municipal Water District is one of the 26 water agencies that makes up the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.  As part of the greater MWD community of water providers, Rowland Water participates in the poster contest each year.

“We always enjoy an opportunity to showcase one of our local students,” said Rowland Water General Manager Tom Coleman.  “This acknowledgement is not only a win for our district and our customers, but an important step in getting the word out on the importance of water conservation, one of our district’s core commitments.”

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