Apia, Samoa - As part of the upcoming Pacific Water Conference which will be held from 9 - 11 September 2008 in Apia, the Pacific Water Association (PWA) is involving the youth in promoting important water messages to the public.

17 Colleges have been invited to participate in the Pacific Water Conference (PWC) Jingle competition and 15 Primary Schools will vie for the generous prizes offered in the Pacific Water Conference Poster Competition.

The purpose of the PWC competition series is to increase students' interests in water-related research and to raise awareness about global and regional water issues. The competition will be centred on the theme "Water is Precious but Limited".

The PWC competition is an important element in the Pacific Water Association's effort to attract young professionals into the water and wastewater field. As the size and scope of the global water challenge continues to evolve, it is more important than ever to promote the ideals of leadership, academic excellence, and environmental stewardship. The younger generation will have the opportunity to make an impact on the future of our water.

The winner of the PWC poster competition will receive $500 and have their poster displayed at the PWC Exhibition. The winner of the PWC jingle competition will receive $500 and will have their jingle featured in the advertising campaign for the PWC. In addition, the winning schools will receive a $1,500 prize each.

About PWA

Formed in 1995, the Pacific Water Association (PWA) is a regional not-for-profit technical and educational organization comprised of water utilities from its member countries around the Pacific. Its membership also includes water and wastewater related companies from around the world. The PWA Headquarters was formerly situated in Suva, Fiji but since last September its office has been operating from Apia. It is a challenging task for the Secretariat to seek support from other agencies outside its members and is diligently working to achieve its mission of "developing expertise in the Pacific for the sustainable management of water".