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."
The competition is open to all high school students (at least age 13 and no older than age 18 as of December 31, 2020) and legal residents of the United States or Canada. Applicants may currently attend a public, private, or parochial school, or be home-schooled. The applicant is not required to be college-bound; the scholarship money can be used for any type of advanced education. Previous winners and the immediate families of ABPA officers and directors are not eligible to participate. Further, the immediate relatives of directors and staff of Federal Student Aid, Semester at Sea, or the National Student Leadership Conference are not eligible to participate.