National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation April 1-30
Did you know?
- Approximately 400 billion gallons of water are used in the United States per day
- American residents use about 100 gallons of water per day
- The average faucet flows at a rate of 2 gallons per minute. You can save up to four gallons of water every morning by turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth!
- A running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day
- At 1 drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons per year
- Nearly one-half of the water used by Americans is used for thermoelectric power generation
That’s why we, as residents of San Luis Obispo, need to do our part to conserve water and energy.
Mayor Heidi Harmon is joining mayors 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. Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the Challenge are entered into drawings for hundreds of eco-friendly prizes, including home improvement gift cards, home irrigation equipment, and the Grand Prize $5,000 Home Utility Bill Payment. The Challenge also gives residents a chance to nominate a deserving charity that would benefit from receiving a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, and 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.
The annual challenge, April 1 - 30, is a non-profit national community service campaign and last year residents from over 4,800 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 2.2 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 52 million pounds, and prevent more than 114,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds. The Challenge goes beyond recent drought issues and looks at the ways our water use will affect the future of our communities — from how we grow food to reducing polluted runoff.
"As part of a community that focuses on preserving natural resources, I encourage all of San Luis Obispo to join me in pledging to conserve our water resources. Together we can ensure water resiliency, community stability, and a great future for generations to come. Join me in making San Luis Obispo not only one of the happiest places in the world, but also one of the most water-wise." - Mayor Heidi Harmon
Join Mayor Heidi Harmon in reducing San Luis Obispo's water consumption and energy usage. It’s free and only takes 1 minute. To participate:
- Enter online at mywaterpledge.com or use the button below
- Make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of the city of San Luis Obispo
We are all in this together!