City of Rosemount

Posted on: April 2, 2018

Rosemount joins the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

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Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste has joined counterparts 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, some residents across the country can win $5,000 toward home utility payments, water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes. 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.

In a message accompanying the pledge, Mayor Droste wrote that “Despite our wealth of water resources in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, our residents know that it pays to conserve. Many of them took advantage of the City’s rebates on water-efficient appliances, saving an estimated 1.1 million gallons of drinking water over the last two years. I’m encouraging more of our residents to join me and take the pledge toward simple steps that will save them money and preserve our natural resources.”

Last year, residents from over 4,800 cities in all 50 U.S. 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.

To participate, residents enter online at mywaterpledge.com, and then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of Rosemount. 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 $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 7th National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S EPA WaterSense, Minnesota-based Toro Co., 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 non-profit 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. www.wylandfoundation.org

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