Student Contests

Student Contests


Livermore Water Awareness Poster Contest

The Livermore Water Awareness Poster Contest has helped elementary school students explore the importance of water conservation through art for more than 20 years. This annual contest is sponsored by Livermore Municipal Water, Cal Water, and Zone 7 Water Agency. 

2021 Poster Contest Winners Selected
The theme of the 2021 poster contest was "Without Water, Life Would Be Pretty Dry." After narrowing down our finalists, the Livermore community had the opportunity to vote for their favorite artwork through an online poll. Over 800 votes were cast to select this year's winners. Visit our Flickr account to view this year's winning artwork. Congratulations to all students who participated!

Contest Rules

  • Participants must be 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students enrolled at a Livermore school or be Livermore residents.
  • Posters can be drawn on any sized paper, however 8.5" x 11" or 11” x 17” paper tends to work best. Teachers - 11" x 17" cardstock paper is available for batch requests. Email to request poster paper for your school or classroom.
  • Participants' name, address, phone number, school, and teacher’s name must be written on the back of the poster or included in the submission email. Students should not put their name on the front of the poster.
  • Artwork should be original, creative, bold, thoughtful, and relevant to the contest theme. Students may use colored pencils, markers, paint, ink, fabric, poster paint, or pencil.  Digital illustrations will also be accepted for this year's contest. Do not use crayons. 
  • To help inspire student artwork, we encourage you to visit our Distance-Learning Resources for Educators webpage which has water-related lesson plans, videos, and activity books.

If you have any questions about the Water Awareness Poster Contest, contact Natalie Croak, Communications Representative at (925) 960-8144 or

One Water Awards" at LVJUSD Science Odyssey

Since 2015, the City of Livermore Water Resources Division has proudly presented "One Water Awards" at the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District's Science Odyssey. These awards recognize students who have completed exceptional science projects that are focused on water resources-related topics. Zone 7 Water Agency cosponsored the award for the first time in 2020. 

Students do not need to apply separately to be considered for the One Water Award. Projects related to water, wastewater, and recycled water will automatically be considered during Science Odyssey judging. 

2021 One Water Award Winners

Overall Winner
Siddarth Menon (Mendenhall Middle School)
Project: Creating Electricity from Wastewater

Elementary School Division, First Place
Gabriella ODonnell (Marylin Avenue Elementary)
Project: Do Different Types of Water - Faucet Water, Rainwater, and Bottled Water - Affect Radish Sprout Growth?

Elementary School Division, Second Place
Neya Morish (Emma C. Smith Elementary)
Project: Water Hand Pump Design and Model

Elementary School Division, Third Place
Navneeth Reghuram (Lawrence Elementary)
Project: Each Drop Counts, Save Water

Middle School Division, First Place
Sanskriti Dubey (Christensen Middle School)
Project: Water Quality

Middle School Division, Second Place
Megha Prasanna & Vanadhi Muthukumar (Mendenhall Middle School)
Project: Will it Purify?

"Excellence in Water, Wastewater, or Recycled Water Research Award" at the Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair

The City of Livermore Water Resources Division cosponsors the "Excellence in Water, Wastewater, or Recycled Water Research Awards" at the Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair with nine other Alameda County water and wastewater agencies.

Winners and their teachers receive cash awards and recognition at the fair and in their local community. Students do not need to apply separately to be considered for this award. Projects related to water, wastewater, and recycled water will automatically be considered during judging.

2021 Excellence in Water, Wastewater, or Recycled Water Research Awards

Junior Division, First Place: Edric Zheng, (Hopkins Jr. High School, Fremont)
Project: Smart Rainwater System for Drip Irrigation

Junior Division, Second Place: Madison Tian (Challenger School, Newark)
Project: The Effects of Different Flocculants and Coagulants on Water Purity

Senior Division, First Place: Hiya Shah (Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton) 
Project: Maji: A computer-controlled, bioinspired system for low-energy treatment of per- and polyfluoroalkyl water contaminants

Senior Division, Second Place: Akshaya Ravi (Irvington High School, Fremont)
Project: Combining Plant-Based Materials to Clean Polluted Water

Senior Division, Third Place: Alexandre Beaudin (Mission San Jose High School, Fremont)
Project: Solving the Water Shortage: Thermodynamically Optimal Distillation Process