The San Juan family of water agencies, including San Juan, Fair Oaks and Citrus Heights water districts and Orangevale Water Company, recently partnered with local elementary schools to host the 17th annual children’s poster contest. This year’s theme, “My Role in Saving Water,” encouraged 1,500 entrants to display how to be water smart during California’s dry years. The top three participants received a savings bond for their work and will be featured in SJWD’s 2009 water awareness calendar. Each year calendars are available for free at the SJWD office at 9935 Auburn-Folsom Road in Granite Bay. Poster contest winners included: 1st place, $100 savings bond – Nicole Sims, Mr. Frei’s 5th grade class, Ridgeview Elementary School 2nd place, $75 savings bond – Haley Byam, Mr. Peterson’s 6th grade class, Eureka Elementary School 3rd place, $25 savings bond – Taylor Vizzusi, Mr. Maloney’s 6th grade class, Eureka Elementary School. In addition to the poster contest San Juan Water District participated in Cavitt Junior High School’s science fair for the 12th year as a judge for the water themed entries. Savings bonds were awarded to the top three entries. Science fair winners included: 1st place – “Bottle or Tap,” Julia Haff, $100 savings bond 2nd place – “Urban Impact on Water Quality,” Hailey Goulart, $75 savings bond 3rd place – “Texting the American River,” Mia Hendricks and Sami Sebesta, $50 savings bond each. Besides the winners’ savings bonds, SJWD donates money each year to the winning students’ teacher to purchase school supplies. – For more information about the district’s programs, rebates and water-saving tips, visit www. sjwd.org.