March 31, 2014
Charlottesville Mayor Satyendra Huja is joining mayors from across the country in asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and cut pollution by taking part in a contest aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use across the nation.
The Wyland Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, 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 through easy-to-use online pledges to reduce water and energy usage.
"The City of Charlottesville has a long history of being proactive in saving water and conserving energy," said Mayor Huja. "This is just one more way for the City and our residents to reaffirm our commitment to responsible stewardship of our resources. Something as simple as turning off a faucet while you brush your teeth can save up to four gallons of water a day."
Mayor Huja is encouraging residents to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution on behalf of Charlottesville at www.MyWaterPledge.com throughout the month of April.
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 Plug-In.
Last year, residents from over 1,000 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by nearly a billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 18.3 million pounds, and prevent more than 69.9 million pounds of hazardous waste from entering watersheds.