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Sarasota joins nationwide challenge to be most ‘water wise’

Post Date:04/01/2019 10:48 AM

Contact:  Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988    jason.bartolone@sarasotafl.gov

 

National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation graphicSarasota, FL:   Mayor Liz Alpert and the City of Sarasota are joining mayors and communities 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.

In return, residents can win $3,000 toward their home utility payments, water saving fixtures and hundreds of other prizes. Plus, one lucky charity from a winning city will receive a 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid to serve the community.

The annual challenge, April 1-30, is a non-profit national community service campaign that encourages leaders to inspire their residents to make a series of simple pledges at mywaterpledge.com to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution and save energy.

“The City of Sarasota, my fellow commissioners and I and the citizens we serve all care deeply about protecting our environment,” Alpert said. “I hope our residents will join me in taking this pledge and doing their part to conserve this precious natural resource.”

Last year, residents from over 3,800 cities in all 50 states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 3 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 79.9 million pounds and prevent more than 177,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds.

“Not only is this a great program for water conservation, but it also aligns with the City’s commitment to reducing our reliance on non-renewable energy through our Ready for 100 initiative,” said Sustainability Manager Stevie Freeman-Montes. “Wastewater pumping and treatment accounts for a majority of our energy consumption as a City, so a reduction in water use by the community will have the added benefit of limiting our energy use.”

To participate, residents can go to mywaterpledge.com and click on the green “Take the Pledge!” button to make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of the City of Sarasota. Participants in cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category will have a chance to win $3,000 toward their home utility bills, Toro Irrigation Smart Controllers, ECOS home cleaning products, home water fixture retrofits from EcoSystems Inc. and other eco-friendly prizes. In addition, residents can nominate a deserving charity from their city to receive a 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Students and teachers are encouraged to take part, as well.

For more information, visit mywaterpledge.com or call the Sustainability office at 941-941-926-6686, ext. 4202. 

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About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 55,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at SarasotaFL.Gov

 

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