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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, May 11, 2015

Video Contest Winners Identify Water Wise Actions

Video Contest Winners Identify Water Wise Actions
County-wide contest demonstrates many options for saving water
The Santa Barbara County Water Agency is pleased to announce the winners of the
2015 Water Wise High School Video Contest with 15 videos submitted from 6 high
schools across the County. The video contest, sponsored annually by the Water Agency
in partnership with water providers from across the County, requires participating
students to create 30-second videos about water conservation. This year videos were
centered on the theme “Be water wise in your garden.” According to Matt Naftaly,
Manager of the County Water Agency, “The message these student videos deliver and
the wide audience they reach through the web and social media are an invaluable way
of raising everyone‟s awareness about water conservation, especially during times of
drought.”
A student team from Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta wins 1st place with their video
„So Many H2Options‟. The 2nd place award goes to „Stop the Drought at the Spout‟ from
the Dunn School in Los Olivos, while the 3rd place winner is „Saving Water in the
Garden‟, from Bishop Garcia Diego High School in Santa Barbara. There are two
honorable mention winners: “Splash” from Santa Ynez Union High School and another
Dunn School entry, “Water Wise PSA”.
The 1st place winner also garnered the People‟s Choice Award, which recognizes the
video with the most „likes‟ on the contest‟s Facebook page. All together, the 15
submitted videos attracted many views on Facebook, demonstrating how social media
can deliver important conservation messages.
In addition to monetary awards for the winning schools, the contest has private sector
sponsors providing awards directly to the students. Specifically, lynda.com is issuing
each of the 1st place students a 1-year subscription to lynda.com‟s extensive library of
online videos; Aqua-Flo Supply is giving the 2nd place team gift charge cards totaling
$250; Ewing Irrigation is providing the 3rd place team with gift charge cards worth $150;
and All Around Landscape Supply has gift charge cards totaling $500 for the People‟s
Choice winners.
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The County Water Agency and local water providers thank all the students who
participated in this year‟s contest, which included the following high schools: Bishop
Garcia Diego, Carpinteria High, Dos Pueblos, Dunn, Laguna Blanca, and Santa Ynez
Valley Union. On behalf of those students, the County Water Agency also thanks our
private sector sponsors for their generous support. More information on those sponsors
can be found at: www.lynda.com, www.aquaflo.com, www.ewing1.com, and
www.allaroundirrigation.com.
To see any of the winning videos from this year‟s contest or videos from previous years,
please visit the WaterWiseSB.org High School Video Contest page located here:
http://bit.ly/1bYUisK. Most importantly, please remember to be water wise; Let’s Save
Together!
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Contact

Tyrone LaFay
Water Conservation Specialist
(805) 568-3541
Public Works – Water Resources Division

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