Polls are open until April 26 to vote for your favorite videos for the ‘People’s Choice Award’

Staff Report

The Santa Barbara County Water Agency is pleased to announce that voting is underway for the 22nd Annual WaterWise High School Video Contest’s “People’s Choice Award.” The contest challenged students throughout Santa Barbara County to produce fun, creative 30-second videos that reinforce water conservation’s importance in our community. This year’s theme was “DIY the Water Wise Way.” 

There were 14 videos submitted by 30 students from five different schools across the county, including Bishop Diego, Dos Pueblos, Orcutt Academy, Pioneer Valley, and Santa Ynez Valley high schools.

The public is invited to view all 14 videos submitted. Anyone with a YouTube or Gmail account can vote by “Liking” their favorite videos on YouTube at bit.ly/3rWmm6m. All votes must be submitted before the deadline of 5 p.m. on Monday, April 26.

“The effort and creativity these high school students have put into their videos is incredible,” County Water Agency Manager Matt Young said. “We encourage everyone to support them by watching and voting.” 

In addition to the People’s Choice Award, judges from local water providers award the First, Second and Third Place, Spanish and Honorable Mention prizes ranging up to $1,000 to the awarded schools. Students on the winning teams also receive cash prizes made possible by in-kind donations from generous sponsors, including Carollo Engineers, Univision, Geosyntec, Ewing Irrigation, Flume Water, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and Splash n’ Dash Car Wash.

The contest is funded by the Network of Santa Barbara County Water Providers and the Santa Barbara County Water Agency. Together, these agencies sponsor programs that promote water conservation and awareness in the county.

Visit WaterWiseSB.org to discover more ways to maximize your water efficiency, view all competing videos, and vote for your favorites!