Special to The Dallas Examiner
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – While El Nino has delivered on at least part of its anticipated weather swings, it has done little to change the status quo facing the nation’s water supply problem. That’s part of the message behind the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, held April 1 through April 30. Presented nationally by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, the campaign kicked off its fifth year on April 1 in San Diego, issuing a nationwide challenge to mayors everywhere to use the power of their post to spread the word about the importance of water conservation.
Mayor Mike Rawlings, along with hundreds of mayors across the country, has pledged to conserve for the national conservation challenge.
“The City of Dallas has a proud history of water conservation efforts, so it was a no-brainer to participate in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Conservation is our cheapest source of water supply and is an important part of our long-term strategy as we look to provide for our future generations. The challenge demonstrates that Dallas residents are actively engaged in saving water and recognize that adequate water supplies and environmental sustainability are key factors to maintaining Dallas’ world-class status,” Rawlings said in a statement released to the press.
Last year, mayors from 36 states encouraged residents to make over 390,000 pledges to promote drought resiliency, protect watersheds, and ultimately reduce stress on aging water infrastructure.
Residents can make a pledge online at http://www.mywaterpledge.com throughout April. Cities with the highest percentage of residents that make pledges in their population categories qualify for over $50,000 in prize drawings. Mayors from cities across the nation, including Portland and Tucson, along with the Dallas mayor, have already thrown their hats into the ring to see which city can be the most water-wise for 2016. Students and teachers can take part in the pledge, too, by accessing a special section of the website. Once there, teachers can download lesson plans relating to water conservation, make the pledge on behalf of their classes, and enter to win classroom supplies and gift cards for their school.