BSU announces water conservation poster contest student winners

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. has announced the winners of the 2023 “Drop Savers” water conservation poster contest:

  • Ariel Alistarkhova, Bonita Springs Charter School, Division 1
  • Emma Giamatti, Bonita Springs Charter School, Division 2
  • Anna Bushko, Pinewoods Elementary School, Division 3
  • Edwin Nicolas, Bonita Springs Middle School, Division 4

Alistarkhova also placed first in Division 1 in the state-level contest. Giamatti placed third in Division 2 in the state-level contest. Bushko placed first in Division 3 in the state-level contest.

Conducted in partnership with the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association, BSU coordinated with Bonita Springs and Estero elementary and middle schools to inspire students to create a poster depicting a water conservation idea. The contest helps students learn the importance of water conservation in their daily routines and promote water awareness.

The winners were chosen based on the water conservation message, creativity and originality shown through their artwork. BSU presented each winner with an award certificate, a $50 Target gift card and a $25 ice cream gift card. For placing first at the state level, FSAWWA awarded Alistarkhova and Bushko a plaque and a $100 Amazon gift card, and Giamatti was awarded a plaque and a $50 Amazon gift card.

“We are proud of our student artists and their commitment to water conservation,” said John R. Jenkins, BSU executive director. “The more we can encourage water-saving habits with our youth, the more we do to preserve our limited water resources now and for the future.”

BSU encourages water conservation by all members. Resources on how to reduce water usage are available at Members can also contact Courtney Stevenson, conservation & sustainability specialist, at or 239-390-4919 for information on how to conserve water inside and outside the home.

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