Residents of Corpus Christ showed their commitment to water conservation by helping the city land a first place finish in the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. The challenge, held every April 1-30, is a friendly non-profit competition that asks U.S. city leaders to see who can best inspire their residents to reduce water and energy usage through a series of informative, online pledges at www.mywaterpledge.com.
This year over 23000 people across the nation to take 277,742 specific actions over the next year to change the way they use water in the home yard, and the community. As part of the competition, residents of Corpus Christi agreed to reduce water waste by 45.6 million gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 1.1 million pounds, eliminate more than 5,800 pounds of hazardous waste from entering local watersheds and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 154 million pounds.
Presented nationally by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S EPA and National League of Cities, the challenge had direct participation from more than 100 U.S mayors, who encouraged their residents to participate in the online challenge at mywaterpledge.com. Cities with the highest percentage of residents who make pledges are entered to win over $50,000 in prizes. All participating residents, regardless if their city took the top spot, are entered into a drawing for a $1,000 Home Improvement Store shopping spree
"Access to a clean and reliable supply of fresh water is fundamental to our lives, " said artist and conservationist Wyland. "Most people do not think about their water footprint and the extent to which water quality issues can impact them personally."
The challenge comes at a time when population growth, extreme weather patterns, water shortages, and again infrastructure all 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.