Special to The Dallas Examiner
The City of Dallas is officially the most “water wise” large city in the United States.
Dallas won in the 600,000+ population category of the ninth annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. The annual month-long public awareness campaign to promote drought resiliency and water quality ended on Aug. 31.
Mayors from 37 states participated in the challenge to be named the most “water wise” city. In its category, Dallas bested Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Phoenix, San Diego, Houston, San Antonio, Columbus and Austin, respectively.
Mayor Eric Johnson, who created the first standalone Dallas City Council committee devoted to environmental and sustainability issues, said he is proud of the city’s residents for their continued commitment to conservation.
“Our residents are working every day to make our city better, more resilient, and more conscientious,” Mayor Johnson said. “We owe it to future generations to be good stewards of our city, and our victory in this challenge shows once again that Dallas residents are willing to step up and help out.”
As part of the challenge, Dallas residents collectively pledged to reduce their water use by 24 million gallons over the next year, to reduce their use of 55,879 single-use plastic water bottles, and to eliminate 1,500 pounds of hazardous waste from entering watersheds.
Residents from winning cities will now be entered into a drawing for thousands of dollars in water-saving or eco-friendly prizes. In addition, a winning charity will receive a 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE.
The challenge was presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota with support from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the National League of Cities, The Toro Company, Earth Friendly Products, Petal Soaps, and Conserva Irrigation®. The City of Dallas Office of Environmental Quality helped promote the challenge to Dallas residents.
The annual challenge was created by marine life artist Wyland, who founded the Wyland Foundation in 1993.