For Immediate Release
March 24, 2014
Public Communication and Engagement Manager
3rd National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation
Kicks Off April 1st in Celebration of Earth Month
Mayor asks for residents’ help in proving Redwood City is
“Most Water Wise” City in Nation
Redwood City, Calif. – Mayor Jeffrey Gee and the City team are challenging residents to step up and conserve water, as well as save energy and reduce pollution, throughout the month of April for the 3rd Annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Residents can help Redwood City win this national competition by taking a pledge to increase their water conservation at www.mywaterpledge.com. This Challenge is an extension of the City’s sustainability efforts and is a special opportunity to reach out to the community during California’s extraordinary drought.
If Redwood City wins in its population category (30,000 ‐99,999 residents), the City’s residents will automatically be entered into prize drawings for hundreds of eco-friendly prizes, including home improvement gift cards, home irrigation equipment, and a Grand Prize Toyota Prius Plug-In. Residents simply need to let the City know how they will be saving water and energy during Earth Month by logging on to www.mywaterpledge.com which will guide them through a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of Redwood City.
The contest starts April 1st and ends April 30th, 2014, and participation is free. The contest is sponsored by the Wyland Foundation -- founded in 1993 by environmental artist Wyland – and is an annual effort to motivate residents to take voluntary action to conserve water, save energy and reduce waste.
“Our hope is that our residents will celebrate Earth Month by taking part in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation,” states Mayor Jeffrey Gee. “Our residents are very environmentally conscious, and we can demonstrate how ‘green’ we are by winning the national title of the ‘Most Water Wise.’ Residents will not only help our City win, but will also help us continue to do our part in protecting our planet.”
Redwood City is a Bay Area leader in water conservation. On average last fiscal year, Redwood City sold enough recycled water each month to fill approximately 15 Olympic-size swimming pools. The City also conserves water through efforts like using a computerized irrigation system that allows City staff to check and adjust every irrigation timer from a central location and replacing landscaping of specific areas with drought-tolerant shrubs or mulch. Each of the City’s eight converted synthetic turf fields saves the City approximately one million gallons of water each year. In addition, every year, the City’s Public Works team provides businesses and residents a variety of incentives for water conservation.
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.
To learn more about the contest, visit The Wyland Foundation online.