Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a long term commitment to manage water resources more wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation — and in return residents can win a new Toyota Prius, water saving fixtures and hundreds of other prizes.
The annual challenge, April 1- 30, is a nonprofit national community service campaign to see which leaders can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative and easy-to-do online pledges at mywaterpledge.com to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution and save energy.
Last year, residents from over 4,100 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 1.9 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 42 million pounds and prevent more than 87,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds.
The challenge goes beyond recent drought issues and looks at the ways our water use will affect the future of our communities — from how we grow food to reducing polluted runoff.
To participate, enter online and then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of Westminster.
Cities compete in the following population categories: 5,000- 29,999 residents; 30,000-99,999 residents; 100,000-299,999 residents; 300,000-599,999 residents; and 600,000+ residents. Westminster fits in the 100,000-299,999 category.
Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category are entered into drawings for hundreds of eco-friendly prizes, including home improvement gift cards, home irrigation equipment and a Grand Prize Toyota Prius.
The challenge also features additional resources for residents to take their commitment of conservation even further, from regional water and
energy resource issues to cost-saving tips at home.
The 6th National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S EPA WaterSense, The Toro Company, National League of Cities, Conserva Irrigation, and Earth Friendly Products (makers of ECOS).
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 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways and marine life. The foundation encourages environmental awareness through community events, education programs, and public art projects. Visit the Wyland Foundation website.