Mayors across the country will be asking residents to help ensure the sustainability of the nation’s water resources by taking part in the sixth year of a national contest aimed at reducing water waste and pollution. Presented nationally by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, the non-profit National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1-30, is a friendly, community based-competition between cities that encourages residents to make a series of water conservation pledges on behalf of their city online at mywaterpledge.com. Winning cities are those with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge. Participating residents from those cities are entered to win hundreds of eco-friendly and water-saving prizes, including a 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid vehicle, home irrigation makeovers with Toro water-saving products, home cleaning products from ECOS, and home improvement store gift cards.
community service campaign was created in 2011 to supplement existing
municipal programs for water conservation awareness, promote drought
resiliency and healthy watersheds, and reduce stress on aging water
infrastructure. Last year, residents from 4,100 cities pledged to reduce
water consumption by 1.9 billion gallons — or roughly enough water to
fill 2,877 Olympic-size swimming pools. Participating cities for 2017
include Denver, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Sacramento, and Tucson.
association with U.S. EPA, The Toro Company, National League of Cities,
Conserva Irrigation, Earth Friendly Products (makers of ECOS), and
WonderGroveLearn, the challenge brings communities together to promote
the sustainable use of water. Students and teachers can take part in the
pledge, too, by visiting www.mywaterpledge.com/kids.
Minnesota is the launching pad for the Wyland Foundation’s “Rolling Down the
Mississippi Tour,” a monthlong water conservation educational initiative
along the Mississippi River watershed.
Cities that would like to participate can call 949-643-7070.
About the Wyland Foundation Founded
in 1993 by environmental artist Wyland (best known for his series of
100 monumental marine life murals), the Wyland Foundation, a 501c3
non-profit organization, has helped millions of children and families
around the nation to rediscover the importance of healthy oceans and
waterways through public art programs, mobile exhibits, and classroom
science education, and live events. Learn more at www.wylandfoundation.org