"Trust the Tap" Minnesota Poster Contest

Winners Announced!
Learn about the issue
Suggested Themes
Official Contest Rules
Poster Download
Contest Sponsors 

Tap water is safe, convenient, and economical. It is tested regularly to make sure the water is safe to drink, yet each and every day, people pass it up in favor of bottled water. In Minnesota, we are lucky to have access to beautiful lakes and rivers and a plentiful supply of drinking water, and we must be proactive to protect and preserve this resource for future generations. H2O for Life, the Minnesota Department of Health, Dow Water and Process Solutions, Elkay, and the Minnesota Section of the American Water Works Association are sponsoring a poster contest for Minnesota youth, K-12 encouraging people to choose tap water over bottled water. All entries must be postmarked or delivered to H2O for Life by April 17, 2014.

Congratulations to our winners!

We received over 900 poster submissions from elementary, middle, and high school students from around the state of Minnesota! We'd like to THANK each and every one of you for thinking about this important issue and taking the time to express your ideas artistically. Voting was not easy as we reviewed each entry carefully. Please help us congratulate our three winning artists!


Garden of Hope Montessori




Josie Valerius, Centennial Middle School




Laura Gallup, Centennial High School




  • Win one of 3 water bottle filling stations for your school (valued at over $1,500)
  • In addition to winning a filling station for their school, 3 students designing a winning poster will also receive a $50 prize

Learn About the Issue

Public Water:
City water systems are tested regularly for more than 100 contaminants. These contaminants include bacteria, nitrate, arsenic, industrial chemicals, pesticides and radiological elements.
City water systems add just the right amount of chlorine to make sure your drinking water stays clean as it leaves the water plant and flows to your house.
Fluoride is added to your water to prevent cavities.
Minnesota has one of the best records in the nation for meeting the testing requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Laboratories that test drinking water in Minnesota are required to meet special certification standards.
The US EPA is always looking at new contaminants to add to the testing list.
If a contaminant is found in the water, the city water system must tell the customers.
If the contaminant exceeds a safe limit, the system must take steps to correct the problem.

Private wells:
Private wells should be tested for bacteria, nitrates and arsenic.
Proper location, construction, operation and maintenance are four essentials for a safe drinking water well.

Protecting our water at the source:
Groundwater is a hidden treasure that requires diligent protection.
Protect groundwater by minimizing use of pesticides and fertilizers.
Seal unused, unsealed wells to prevent contamination on the ground from entering the groundwater.
Don’t dispose of unwanted chemicals on the ground or in the sewer.

Web resources:
Virtual tour of a drinking water plant: http://water.epa.gov/drink/tour/index.cfm
Here’s a good video on bottled water: http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-bottled-water/
American Water Works Association Drink Tap site for kids: http://www.drinktap.org/kids.aspx
WebMD on tap water: http://www.webmd.com/women/home-health-and-safety-9/safe-drinking-water
Reader’s Digest: www.rd.com/health/wellness/rethink-what-you-drink
CDC info on bottled water: http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/bottled/
CDC info on public water systems: http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/public/index.html
EPA’s water on tap, what you need to know: http://water.epa.gov/drink/guide/

Suggested Themes

The following is merely a list of IDEAS, and should by no means limit your creative spirit!

  • Safe water is no accident.
  • Maintaining clean drinking water keeps us healthy.
  • Think outside the bottle, drink from the tap.
  • Minnesota, land of more than 10,000 public water supplies that provide safe drinking water.
  • Bottled water is regulated as a food and does not have the same rigorous testing requirements as tap water. 

Contest Rules

  • All youth in MN may participate, but water bottle stations will be installed in the local school or community gathering space.
  • Posters must be created on a single sheet of 12" x 18" construction paper to be eligible for the contest
  • Students may use a variety of mediums including charcoal, crayon, pencil, markers, paint, graphics and computer generated materials.
  • Posters must be original designs by participant- please do not use copyrighted materials.
  • Each poster must be the original work of a single participant.
  • Name, grade, school name and address of school and phone number must be included on the back of the poster.
  • Entries become the property of the contest sponsors and may be used for display and promotion.
  • All entries must be delivered or mailed to the H2O for Life office by April 17, 2014

Mail entries to: 

H2O for Life
1310 E. Hwy 96 Suite 235
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

If you have questions or for further information please contact:

Patty Hall
H2O for Life
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