More awareness of drinking water

Over 20,000 schoolchildren took part in the big school competition “My Drinking Pass” and showed great commitment and creativity. This year the drink pass had the motto “My thirst and me”. The drinking pass has been one of the most successful water projects in Austria's schools for more than 10 years. The aim was for schoolchildren to consciously observe their drinking behavior and to deal creatively with the topic of drinking water. “In Austria we are in the fortunate position of having sufficient drinking water of the highest quality available and can therefore quench our thirst at any time with the best water. That is precisely why we should value and protect our water. I was very impressed by the creative contributions made by the students and I congratulate all participants, ”said Environment Minister Maria Patek, explaining the great commitment shown by children and young people to our valuable resource, water.

My thirst and me
This year the creative part was dedicated to drinking water. Pupils were asked to paint, do handicrafts or design a vessel from which they would most like to drink their water. Numerous drawings, photos, videos and handicrafts showed the great commitment with which the students took on this topic. A jury selected a winning entry from all submissions and awarded the main prize - an adventure day in an Austrian national park - to the Gnas elementary school (Styria). Class 3a of the elementary school made drinking vessels from clay to which raw and glaze were fired. This resulted in small, artistically designed drinking cups and bowls which ultimately convinced the jury. The narrower group of contenders for victory - and awarded with drinking bottles - included the 2B of the St. Ursula high school from Salzburg-Glasenbach, the 2B of the BGBRG Mössingerstraße from Klagenfurt and the third grade of the St. Aegidi elementary school.

The drinking pass is a project of AQA GmbH with the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (BMNT) and its "Generation Blue", Austria's largest youth platform on the subject of water. The drinking pass project is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research by means of a school decree.

Further information on the drinking pass, the winning entry and a small selection of other submissions can be found on, on Instagram under #trinkpass and on Generation Blue retrievable.