City of Santa Ana
6th National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is April 1st – 30th
Santa Ana Mayor Miguel A. Pulido is joining mayors 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 — and in return residents can win a new Toyota Prius, water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes.
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.
“The Santa Ana community has a long history of environmental stewardship. We are proud of our award-winning water agency and conservation efforts, which have made a significant impact on our water consumption,” says Pulido. “While we have exceeded our water reduction targets mandated by the governor, we would like to challenge our community to do more. The National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation will actively engage Santa Ana residents and businesses to continue saving water and help build a more sustainable future for us all.”
Last year, residents from over 4,100 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 1.9 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 42 million pounds, and prevent more than 87,000 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.
“Last year, Santa Ana came in at #32 in our population category,” adds Nabil Saba, Water Resources Manager for the City of Santa Ana. “We encourage all residents and businesses to participate in this year’s challenge. Higher participation will not only help us raise our ranking, but will give residents the opportunity to win many prizes.”
To participate, residents enter online at mywaterpledge.com, and then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of Santa Ana. Cities compete in the following population categories: (5,000- 29,999 residents, 30,000-99,999 residents, 100,000-299,999 residents, 300,000-599,999 residents, and 600,000+ 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 a Grand Prize Toyota Prius.
The challenge also 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 6th 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).