City of Ocala, FL Joins Nationwide Challenge to be Most "Water Wise"

ARTICLE | Apr 23, 2015

Kent Guinn, Mayor of Ocala, is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and cut pollution by taking part in a national contest aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use across the nation.  In return, residents can win a new Toyota Prius, water saving fixtures and hundreds of other prizes.

The Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1- 30, 2015 is a non-profit national community service campaign demonstrating which leaders can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative, easy-to-use online pledges to reduce water and energy usage.

“In Ocala, we encourage sustainability and conservation,” said Mayor Guinn. Did you know that the average faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute? By simply turning off your faucet while you brush your teeth, you can save up to four gallons of water every time you brush.”

Mayor Guinn is encouraging Ocala residents to conserve water, save energy and reduce pollution on behalf of Ocala at www.mywaterpledge.com/national throughout the month of April. Last year, residents from over 3,600 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 1.4 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 36 million pounds and prevent more than 179,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds.

“By conserving water, the city will save energy, money and valuable resources,” said Guinn. “That is why I am encouraging you to take the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1-30, 2015. Make a simple pledge to save water and reduce pollution, it can only improve our community.”

The fourth National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S EPA’s Office of Water, National League of Cities, U.S. Forest Service, The Toro Company, Wondergrove Kids, Bytelaunch and WaterSmart Software.

To learn more, please visit: http://www.ocalafl.org/COO3.aspx?id=15987

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