Using online voting open to all Coachella Valley residents, CV Water Counts, a collaborative water conservation effort by the valley’s five public water agencies, has selected the winners of its first video contest for students.

Jena Alvarez and Emma Ortiz from John Glenn Middle School in Indio were the overall winners and swept the middle school category, bringing home annual family membership to The Living Desert. Angel Figueroa, a freshman at Pathways Academy, was second place overall and took home the top prize for the high school category and a GoPro camera.

“We want to promote the message that water is worth saving,” said Patti Reyes, Special Programs Manager for CVWD and a CV Water Counts member. “Engaging future water customers will help us create the long-term conservation ethic we need.”

CV Water Counts worked with school districts and used social media to help spread the word about the contest. Students from five schools across the valley entered thirty to sixty second videos on water conservation.

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