National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation Announces Winners
IRVINE, Calif. (May 19, 2014) – Five U.S. cities were named winners of the third annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation for their commitment to making water-saving choices. The cities of Dallas, Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas, Huntington Beach, Calif., Bremerton, Wash. and Crete, Neb. led an effort among participants from across the nation who pledged to take 277,742 specific actions over the next year to change the way they use water in their homes, yards and communities.
During the Earth Month, April 2014, more than 100 U.S mayors participated in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. These mayors encouraged their residents to make pledges online at www.mywaterpledge.com to reduce water and energy usage in their cities. Overall, residents from over 3,600 cities in 50 states took part. The program is presented nationally by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S. EPA and National League of Cities.
The top cities in five population categories with the highest percentage of residents participating were named winners of the challenge. Residents from the five cities are eligible for drawings for over $50,000 in eco-friendly prizes, including the Grand Prize, a Toyota Prius Plug-In. Water utilities of the winning cities also receive a software application from WaterSmart Software to help reduce water use by five percent over the next year. The winner of the Toyota Prius, Robert Ball of Corpus Christi, TXsaid, “I believe we all need to conserve water and our other resources, otherwise, we will have nothing to pass on to the next generation.”
Artist and conservationist Wyland said, “Access to a clean and reliable supply of fresh water is fundamental to our lives and Planet Earth. Most people do not think about their water footprint and the extent to which water issues can impact them personally.”
The collective efforts of the participants of the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation will:
- Reduce national water waste by 1.4 billion gallons;
- Reduce waste sent to landfills by 36 million pounds;
- Eliminate more than 179 thousand pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5.3 billion pounds.
- $52 million in savings to residents and their communities
The challenge comes at a time when population growth, extreme weather patterns, water shortages, and poor infrastructure threaten access to a steady, sustainable supply of water in the United States. The National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation provides a positive way to reward residents across the country for using water wisely and controlling what goes down the drain and into their local watershed.
“Since 2000, Toyota has cut back on water consumption in our manufacturing process by twenty-three percent,” said Michael Rouse, vice president, diversity, philanthropy and community affairs for Toyota Motor Sales, USA. “We’re proud to support the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation to bring awareness to the importance of water conservation and engage communities in efforts to reduce water consumption and protect this valuable resource.”