Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
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602 E. Huntington Drive, Suite B., Monrovia, CA, 91016 | (626) 443-2297

    “Water is Life” Art Contest

    “Water is Life” 2019 Poster Contest Winners

    Each spring Upper District sponsors an annual art contest that encourages youth to express the value of water through their artwork. A picture can be worth a thousand words when trying to convey how precious water really is to our lives. Students remind us through art to consider how we use water today and to think about whether there will be water available for their future.

    Contest Rules

    Artwork entries are divided into four categories:

    • K – 2nd Grade
    • 3rd – 5th Grade
    • 6th – 8th Grade
    • 9th – 12th Grade

    Contest announcements and rules are sent out each year to eligible schools. Entries must be submitted through a school that is within the Upper District boundaries. Each school is allowed to submit a maximum of five (5) artwork entries per category.

    Photos of the 2019 “Water is Life” awards presentation can be found here. 

    Full List of 2019 Winners (PDF)

    Full List of 2018 Winners (PDF)

    Full List of 2017 Winners (PDF)

    Full List of 2016 Winners (PDF)

    Full list of 2015 Winners (PDF)

    “Water is Life” Teacher Tool Kit

    There are a number of water education resources and tools that are available to help teach your students about the importance of using water more efficiently both indoors and outdoors and make conservation a way of life! Teaching about the water cycle, water sources, and water distribution systems helps students develop their own understanding of why water is a critical resource in every region throughout California, and the importance of conservation.  Each region stores and collects water differently. In the San Gabriel Valley, specifically, the Main San Gabriel Groundwater Basin supplies billions of gallons of drinking water every year. Therefore, the health of our watershed is vital to the San Gabriel Valley. To get a 360 view of California’s water supply, Upper District has provided flyers and links from experts in the field of water! For more information or to request free materials for your students, contact Elena Layugan via email elena@usgvmwd.org or by phone (626) 443-2297.

    Nature’s Water Cycle: Where does our water come from?

    Water. We all use it every single day. So where do we get it? Water can be found in two places: on the surface and underground. This is also known as surface water and groundwater.


    San Gabriel Basin Watershed: Did you know that we live in a watershed?

    A watershed is an area of land where water from rain or snow drains into a river or lake, or seeps into the earth and becomes groundwater. Rain and snow from the San Gabriel Mountains is absorbed into the watershed and flows into the San Gabriel River. This is important because our watershed is the main source of drinking water in the San Gabriel Valley, the place we call home.


    Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), Education Resources

    MWD has provided water education programs, supplemental materials, teacher in-services, field trips, and classroom presentations for K-12 teachers and students in Southern California. MWD curricula and materials teach students about California’s water systems. Download the materials below for every age group.

    All About Water (Grades K-3rd)

    Admiral Splash (Grades 4-5th)

    Conservation Connection (Grades 6-8th

    Water Quality (Grades 7-12th)

    EPA WaterSense for Kids: Thirsty for Knowledge? Let’s Learn About Water!

    Do you know how much water a family of four uses every day in the United States? Not 50 gallons, not 100 gallons, but 400 gallons! Fortunately, there are many things we can do to save…and learn!

    Resources for Educators

    Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), Saving for a Dry Day

    In today’s state of extreme weather, from historic drought to record-setting rain, its more critical now more than ever to capture and store what we can when we can. Share the video with your students to learn more about the ongoing efforts to increase water storage and better measure California’s biggest reservoir, the Sierra snowpack.

    Saving for a Dry Day Video