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7th Annual Campaign to Focus on Clean Water and Watershed Health
Santa Fe, NM – Mayor Alan Webber is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources more wisely. As part of the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, residents can win $5,000 toward their Home Utility Payments, water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes. Plus, one lucky charity will receive a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid to serve the community.
The annual challenge, April 1- 30, is a non-profit 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.
“We love our way of life in Santa Fe, and we want to pass it down to successive generations. That means making sustainability a part of everything we do, especially where water is involved,” said Mayor Webber. He added, “While we have some of the best water conservation rates in the country, challenges like this are about finding ways to get even better, and I know we have it in us.”
The annual competition rewards Santa Fe residents who heed the call with a chance to win $5,000 toward their Home Utility Bills, home irrigation makeovers, environmentally friendly clean products, and hundreds more eco-friendly prizes. Plus, a deserving Santa Fe charity stands to receive a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid for its organization.
The Challenge also gives residents a chance to nominate a deserving charity that would benefit from receiving a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and 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.
Residents make their pledges online at www.mywaterpledge.com throughout the month of April. Cities with the highest percentage of residents that make pledges in their population categories qualify for more than $50,000 in prize drawings.
Students and teachers can take part in the pledge, too, by accessing a special section of the website. Once there, teachers can download lesson plans relating to water conservation, make the pledge on behalf of their classes and enter to win classroom supplies and gift cards for their school.
City Water conservation managers are also encouraging citizens who take the pledge at www.mywaterpledge.com and then also visit www.savewatersantafe.com to sign-up for Eye on Water to monitor daily water use and detect leaks, and take advantage of a variety of water-saving rebates including clothes washers, toilets, rain barrels, cisterns, irrigation equipment and “Laundry to Landscape” gray water systems.
The Challenge is designed to bring together all facets of the community to follow their city’s progress throughout the month and to use that information to encourage neighbors, businesses, and civic groups to spread the word.
The 7th 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).