Water officials seeking creative videos from El Dorado county high school students
The contest, sponsored by the Regional Water Authority (RWA) and the Sacramento Bee Media in Education (MIE) program, challenges teens to create compelling and original 25-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos on a select water efficiency topic. The 2014 water efficiency theme is: "Don't be a gutter flooder: Prevent overspray and runoff."
The contest is open to high school students in Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties plus the city of West Sacramento.
Judging will be based on creativity, entertainment value, accuracy, originality and incorporation of the water efficiency topic.
Finalist videos will be displayed on the Raley Field Jumbotron screen and winners announced at a Sacramento River Cats game in April 2014. Winning students and their teachers will also get cash prizes. The grand prize winner’s spot may become part of RWA’s 2014 television ad campaign.
"Water Spots provides students with a real-life challenge--to communicate an important message in a persuasive and creative manner," said Amy Talbot, Regional Water Authority Water Efficiency Program Manager. "And every year, the judges continue to be impressed."
Now in its third year, the 2013 Water Spots contest attracted more than 100 entries from high school students throughout the Sacramento region. From raps and jingles to serious messages about water scarcity, Sacramento-area high school students showed off their original ideas about using water efficiently outdoors.
More than 65 percent of a household’s yearly water consumption typically goes toward landscape irrigation. Of that, 30 percent is lost due to overwatering and evaporation. Data shows that by being more efficient and stopping water waste, residents could save enough water to meet the drinking needs of more than 135,000 families for a year or to fill nearly 1.5 million backyard swimming pools. Go to www.BeWaterSmart.info for more information and tips on using water more efficiently.
Water Spots Video Contest entries are due by Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Students are encouraged to discuss the project with their high school video and multimedia teacher before submitting an entry. To submit entries or get more information about contest rules, judging and prizes, visit www.sacbee.com/water-spots