Mayor Muoio proclaims April “Water Conservation Month”. Mayor Jeri Muoio....challenges residents to conserve water during the 6th annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 29, 2017)--West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio has declared April Water Conservation Month in West Palm Beach and challenges residents to conserve water during the 6th annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. The national challenge among cities seeks to raise awareness about the importance of conserving water and managing water resources more efficiently. Prizes including a Toyota Prius will be awarded. The challenge was created by the Wyland Foundation, which was established by artist Wyland, to raise awareness of environmental issues.
The challenge is especially timely for West Palm Beach, after the South Florida Water Management District—citing dry conditions in March-- called for water conservation.
“Water is a precious resource, and conservation starts with each and every one of us—at home, in our yards, in our communities,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “I challenge all West Palm Beach residents to take the pledge and conserve water! Let’s win this!”
To participate, residents are encouraged to enter online at mywaterpledge.com and then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of the City. Cities compete in population categories, and the 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 goes beyond drought issues and looks at ways our water use will affect the future of our communities—from how we grow food to reducing polluted runoff,” said Penni Redford, Manager of Resiliency and Climate Change in the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.
There are many ways to save water. Mayor Muoio and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability urge residents to follow these tips:
- Turn off faucet while washing, brushing teeth or shaving.
- Take shorter showers.
- Install high efficiency toilets and showerheads and water flow restrictors. *The City offers a $125 High Efficiency Toilet Voucher Program for its residents and businesses. For info, visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Sustainability/City-Initiatives/Water-Savings-Program
- Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket!
- Wash full laundry and dish loads.
- Don’t use the hose to clean driveways and sidewalks; use a broom.
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).
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