Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste is joining his counterparts 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, residents have a chance win a new car, water-saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes.
The challenge starts Saturday, April 1, and runs through the end of the month. It 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.
“As our region and City grow, the demands on our water systems have elevated the importance of conservation,” Mayor Droste said. “I am signing this pledge to encourage every Rosemount resident and business to use our water wisely and I urge residents to increase their knowledge on how we can protect our water.”
Last year, Rosemount residents pledged steps that would conserve more than 1 million gallons of water. Rosemount participants were among residents from more than 4,100 cities in 50 states who pledged to reduce 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.
To participate, residents enter online at mywaterpledge.com, and then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of Rosemount. Last year, the City ranked 34th in the population category of 5,000 to 29,999 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.
“I can’t promise that someone from Rosemount will win the grand prize,” Mayor Droste said. “But I do guarantee that everyone who makes a pledge and follows through will get a number of benefits. The immediate one is savings on your water and sewer bills from the City. Water conservation also allows the City to delay building more wells, putting off costs that are passed through to everyone.”
The national kickoff event for the Mayor’s Challenge will take place on April 3 at the Mall of America.
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.