Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste is again joining city leaders across the country who are asking residents to use water resources more wisely.
The pledges are part of the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. It 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 signing the pledge, Mayor Droste noted that the City has been working on its comprehensive plan for development out to the year 2040. “In Rosemount we will be adding approximately 13,000 people and 4,500 housing units,” the Mayor wrote. “Expanding wells, storage tanks and our water network is very expensive, so water conservation is an important tool to save energy, money and natural resources.”
This year’s challenge started April 1, and will run until the end of the month. Last year, Rosemount residents pledged to conserve more than 1.5 million gallons of water. Rosemount ranked 17th in the nation for pledges in cities with populations between 5,000 and 30,000.
To participate, residents enter online at mywaterpledge.com, and then make a series of pledges to conserve water on behalf of Rosemount.
Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category earn a chance to win $3,000 toward their home utility bills and hundreds more eco-friendly prizes including Toro Irrigation Smart Controllers, ECOS home cleaning products, and home water fixture retrofits from EcoSystems Inc. In addition, residents can nominate a deserving charity from their city to receive a 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Students and teachers are encouraged to take part, as well.
The 8th 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, EcoSystems Inc., 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