Announcing Concerned Citizen’s First “A Day Without Water Writing Contest”

waterdaywithoutwater12Allegany County students in grades 5 through 12 are invited to enter an essay contest
sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Allegany County. The goal of this project is to raise awareness for World Water Day (March 22, 2019) and to encourage students to think critically and creatively about the world’s most important resource: water.

There aren’t many qualities that are true of all life on Earth, but the need for water is one of them. World Water Day was established by the United Nations in 1993 to focus attention on the importance of water. Only about 3.5 percent of Earth’s water is fresh, and most is locked up in ice and glaciers. In his 2012 book Drinking Water, A History, James Salzman writes, “The United Nations says that by 2030 more than half of the world’s people will live in ‘water-scarce’ areas.”

Students are encouraged to take part by composing a two-page essay answering the question: “What would a day without water be like?” Two prizes of $50 will be awarded, to a winning author in grades 5 through 8, and another in grades 9 to 12. Home schooled students are welcome to participate. Science and English faculty in all county schools have contest guidelines to share with students, or you can click  HERE for guidelines.

Essays are due Feb. 28, 2019. Entries must include author’s name, grade, contact information and school. Email submissions to:, or mail them to: CCAC Essay Contest, Box 425, Angelica, NY 14709. Winners will be announced on World Water Day.

CCAC exists to fight pollution, focusing primarily on ending the proliferation of infrastructure related to fracking, and halting the disposal of hazardous and radioactive gas field wastes in Allegany and Steuben county landfills. We meet monthly in Angelica and welcome others to join our efforts to protect our clean water, soil, and air.

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