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***Deadline Extended to March 15, 2020***

ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial

$1,500 Scholarship Essay Competition




The ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Essay Competition was established in 2000 to reward students who seek to increase their knowledge and understanding of how cross-connection control and backflow prevention help ensure safe drinking water.  Backflow prevention is designed to prevent dangerous – and sometimes even fatal – bacteria, chemicals and other harmful agents from entering the local water supply systems.  Backflow prevention programs are essential to ensure that the water that reaches your home, school or place of business is as safe and pure as it was when it left the water treatment plant.


The ABPA’s focus is to have a public educated in the value and need for active local backflow prevention programs.  Our goal is safe drinking water through cross-connection control.  The organization works to build a greater public awareness of backflow prevention as one component of safe drinking water.


The essay topic for the 2019-2020 school year is the following:


“Explain cross-connection control in relation to protecting the public’s drinking water from a water purveyor’s viewpoint.  Discuss the water purveyor’s role and responsibilities and ways to eliminate contamination risks in a city or town’s water supply system.”



Rules and Guidelines Writer's Checklist

 Parental Consent Form
(If applicant is under age 18)




Our sincere congratulations to the winner of the 2018-2019 contest!

Kaitlyn Divijak of Tucson, AZ submitted the essay that the judges on the Public Awareness and Education Committee (Troy Baird, Chair) unanimously felt was superior among some 200 submissions.

The contest topic was:

Explain backflow prevention and why it is important in protecting potable water supplies. Discuss some of the hazards that could be a threat to our drinking water, and the types of backflow prevention to protect against them.

Kaitlyn's excellent essay and bio can be found here. She will begin her further studies this fall at the University of San Diego.

We wish you much success with your studies and career, Kaitlyn!

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