By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– Mayor Art Bishop 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. In return, residents can win a new Toyota Prius, water saving ﬁxtures and hundreds of other prizes.
The annual challenge, held 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 online pledges aimed at using water more eﬃciently, reducing pollution and saving energy in their communities.
“The Town of Apple Valley understands the importance of water conservation and is excited to participate in this year’s National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation”, said Town of Apple Valley Mayor Art Bishop. “Conserving water is a critical element in securing resources for future generations. We look forward to using this opportunity to educate and promote conservation within our community.”
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 local watersheds. The challenge also considers how water use will aﬀect a community’s future, how food is grown and how to reduce polluted runoﬀ.
To participate, residents enter online at www.mywaterpledge.com to make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of the Town of Apple Valley. Cities will 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). 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.
“I believe every business, industry, homeowner, school and student can make a difference when it comes to conserving water in Apple Valley.”
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). Visit www.mywaterpledge.com for more information.