#ConserveH20 Contest

Congratulations to P.S. 54 Fordham Bedford Academy in the Bronx, the winners of the #ConserveH2O Contest!

Students from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms are creating water 'out of thin air' using galvanized metal tubs, trays, and bowls to collect moisture from the air. The water collected will be used to water plants in the school garden. Through this project, students are learning about water conservation and environmental stewardship. 

Application Instructions 


Review the guidelines and timeline below to learn more about the contest. 


The contest entry is closed. 


Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges: 

Paul Gallay, President – Riverkeeper

Holly Reich, Journalist – NY Daily News

Paulomi Shah, Chief Operating Officer – HSBC Securities Services Americas


In the meantime, start cutting down on your water use everyday using these ten easy tips:

  1. Run your dishwasher only when it's full - You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  2. Think your toilet may be leaking? Put food coloring into your toilet tank. If it finds its way into your toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak.
  3. Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap till the water's cold.
  4. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and shave can save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
  5. Plant drought-resistant shrubs and plants in your community garden.
  6. Boycott Bottled Water - three liters of regular water go into making just one liter of bottled water.
  7. Mulch! Keep a two-inch layer of mulch over your flower beds to help your soil retain moisture.
  8. Reuse your bath towels instead of getting a new one every few times your shower, and take shorther showers to cut down on water use.
  9. Install a rainwater harvesting system in your garden to conserve water to use in your garden.
  10. Reduce your junk mail - about 28 billion gallons of water are used to produce all of that unwanted paper.