2018-04-16 / Spotlight News

Bonita residents asked to take the challenge

Staff Report

The 6th National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1 to 30, joins a nationwide challenge to be the most “water wise.”

Mayor Peter Simmons is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a long-term commit¬≠ment to manage water resources more wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Bonita Springs residents are being asked to take the pledge and they then may be eligible to win a new Toyota Prius, water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes.

The annual challenge 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 to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy.

Last year, residents from more than 4,100 cities in all U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of fresh water 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.

To participate, residents enter online at mywaterpledge.com, and then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of the City of Bonita Springs. 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.

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.

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