Writing Contest

SouthWest Water Company Hosted a Writing Contest For Chapa Middle School Students

Congratulations to Contest Finalists:

      • Luis Frausto, 6th grade lake3
      • Emma Power, 8th grade

Congratulations to the Contest Winner:

      • Sedona Heaney, 7th grade
Thanks to all students who entered and to the teachers who scored the contest.



The Importance of Water

Grand-Prize Winning Essay

By: Sedona Heaney

We can all agree that water is a necessity in our everyday life. Scientists predict that by 2025, half of the world’s people will live in countries with high water stress. There are many benefits of water, so we need to make sure we are using it sensibly.

There are many reasons we use water. For example, we use water to hydrate our plants. Water is imperative to plants because it is important for plants to go through photosynthesis, and photosynthesis is the only way that we are able to receive oxygen. We need to maintain our water usage because only 0.007% of the planet’s water is available to fuel and feed its 6.8 billion people. Water also helps us maintain clean clothes and clean dishes. Can you imagine eating dinner on a crusty plate that hasn’t been washed in who knows how long?! That for one is disgusting and bad for your health. Along with the importance of clean dishes, is the importance of clean clothes. We need to launder our clothes because after awhile, they begin to gather up a lot of bacteria. Water is crucial for washing our clothes, thus implying that we, as a community, need to preserve our water.

Not only is water imperative for cleaning, but it’s also important for your health.  Water is vital to our health because even a 2% drop in body water can cause multiple issues with your everyday well-being. For example, a decline in water can provoke short-term memory loss. It may also precipitate a loss in focus on a computer screen or even on a document. This means it will be hard to study and take notes in class. It is crucial that we remember to treat our water with care because our bodies won’t be able to function correctly if we don’t.

What does conserving our most prized possession even mean? It means restoring the natural environment, natural ecosystems, vegetation, and wildlife, and giving them the resources they need to survive. I propose the idea of repurposing pasta water to water our plants. Every time you cook pasta, you fill an immense pot ¾ full of water. After you cook the pasta, and drain it, all of that water goes down the drain, and you don’t use it ever again. My idea is we could drain pasta in a strainer, but over another pot. This would let you then pour that water onto your plants. That way we are conserving our water and watering our plants at the same time. Also, most of us have a dog that goes outside and then comes back in, all filthy. You would probably take him to a dog wash or wash him yourself in the bathtub, but did you know it takes about 70 gallons of water to fill up a bathtub? I understand that no matter what, we have to wash our pets, so there has to be a way to conserve 70 gallons of water while washing your dog. Washing your dog outside will not only conserve water, but help water your plants as well! There are many great ways to conserve our water, but those were the two that had caught my eye.

Water is one thing on this planet that keeps us alive. People can survive three weeks without food, but only three days without water. If we don’t take initiative now, our future generations won’t have the provisions they need for survival.