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Water authority raises awareness through art contest

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

Officials with the Henry County Water and Sewerage Authority want to educate the public on using drinking water wisely.

While conditions in the state of Georgia, and in Henry County, continue to be favorable for drinking water storage, residents should be reminded of the benefits of using the county's available water resources efficiently, said Chris Wood, spokesman for the water authority.

Wood said the authority serves about 54,000 customers with more than 18 billion gallons of raw water storage, and 29.5 million gallons of finished drinking water in storage.

The water authority celebrated the American Water Works Association's National Drinking Water Week, earlier this month, by inviting local elementary school students to take part in a poster art contest, to depict how water is used in everyday life.

Wood said the contest was designed to educate the participating youths, and their families, on the value of the local drinking water system.

"It's also to raise awareness and educate people on how to protect our water resources," he added.

The authority announced that Hunter Knight, a fifth-grader at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, placed first in the poster contest, for her varied depictions of water use.

"I felt excited and glad," said Knight, 11. "I wanted to show people how to support the county, and how to take care of our water."

Knight's poster art displays a geographic outline of Henry County, superimposed with hand-drawn scenes of how water can be helpful. One scene depicts a burning home being doused with water. Another illustrates water being used in a washing machine, and a third scene demonstrates how water is used to grow plants and produce.

Two of Knight's schoolmates placed second and third in the contest: second-place finisher, fourth-grader Jordan Pinder, and third-place finisher, fourth-grader Lydia Timpson.

Their art teacher, Teresa Hayes, said she incorporated the poster art contest into her lessons about how drinking water impacts personal health, and used the contest as a teaching tool.

"I turned the art contest into a science lesson, discussing the benefits of water to our bodies, and how it prevents dehydration, for example," Hayes said. "We also focused on the impact of drinking water on our community, including discussions on how to deal with a drought, how that might affect our local economy, and more."

For more information about the wise-water-use campaign, visit the water authority's web site at www.hcwsa.com.