Metro Water District Seeks Essay Writers for 20th Annual Contest

(Atlanta, August 10, 2021) – The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) marks two decades of diving into water resources as it calls for middle school students from across the region to enter its 20th annual Water Essay Contest.

This year’s contest challenges sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students in the 15 counties that make up the Metro Water District to either research an essential water career, or to answer the question: “Why is a clean, abundant water supply essential for our metro Atlanta region, and for our state?” Applicants should submit 300-500 word essays considering those topics by October 8, 2021.

To prepare, students should first watch Georgia Water Live, an educational video special co-hosted by the Metro Water District which highlights the importance of Georgia’s water resources to our natural environment, economy, recreation, and agriculture, at

One winner from each county and the City of Atlanta, as well as an overall District-wide winner and runner-up, will receive prizes and be honored at a reception at the state Capitol in December. Please visit to learn more.

Since 2001, more than 10,000 metro Atlanta middle-schoolers have brought together their knowledge in the areas of science, English, and social studies to provide thoughtful and well-researched essays on topics ranging from water conservation to watershed health, to stormwater pollution prevention.

20th Annual Water Essay Contest
Please view Georgia Water Live at

Topic Options:

  • Research a water career and explain its importance.
  • Why is a clean, abundant water supply essential for our metro Atlanta region and our state?

Essay Length: 300-500 words
Entry Deadline: October 8, 2021
Complete contest information:

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is dedicated to developing comprehensive regional and watershed-specific water resources plans to be implemented by local governments in the 15-county metro Atlanta region, which includes Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties. These plans conserve public water supplies, protect water quality and recreational value of the waters and minimize potential adverse impacts of development on waters in and downstream of the region. Learn more at