National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation set for April 1 to 30

Gloucester Township joins nationwide challenge to be the most “water wise.”

Gloucester Township’s Mayor David R. Mayer is joining mayors across the country in the Wyland Foundation’s National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. The Mayor’s Water Conservation Challenge asks residents to manage water resources more wisely and, in return, they can win a variety of prizes including $5,000 toward their Home Utility Payments and water saving fixtures. Also, one lucky charity will receive a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid to serve their community.

The annual challenge, which takes place April 1 to 30, is a non-profit national community service campaign, including 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 4,800 cities in the United States pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 2.2 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 52 million pounds and prevent more than 114,000 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.

“Gloucester Township has always been proactive in sustainability efforts maintaining Sustainable Jersey Certification for over 7 years now. We are eager to join in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation to further improve the environment and promote better resource management,” Mayer said. “It is known that the average American uses over 100 gallons of water a day.

And while most of us take it for granted, over 10,000 gallons of water is wasted each year by an average family. I strongly encourage you to take this easy-to-do online pledge to see what we can do as a community to reduce our water use. Let’s stop wasting water and help save the planet together.”

To participate, residents enter online at mywaterpledge.com, and then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of Gloucester Township.

Cities compete in the following population categories: 5,000 to 29,999 residents, 30,000 to 99,999 residents, 100,000 to 299,999 residents, 300,000

to 599,999 residents and 600,000 and more 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 the grand prize of a $5,000 home utility bill payment. 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.

The seventh 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).

For more information about the event, please call (856) 374–3515 or email rcaristo@glotwp.com