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***Entry deadline is February 28, 2021***


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 local water supply systems.  Backflow prevention programs are essential to ensure 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 2020-2021 school year is:


“Describe the meaning of backflow prevention and how we can keep our drinking water safe through cross connection control.  Identify potential hazards commonly found in a typical residential household and discuss actions needed to correct them.



Rules and Guidelines Writer's Checklist

Parental Consent Form
(If applicant is under age 18)





Our sincere congratulations to the winner of the 2019-2020 contest!

Jishnu Basu of Plano, TX won our 2020 essay contest from among 150 entries.  His work was unanimously selected by the  Public Awareness and Education Committee, under Chairman Troy Baird.

The contest topic was:

“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.”

Read Jishnu's essay here and read about him in our 3rd quarter 2020 Newsletter.

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

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