The results are in! Eden Prairie finished 23rd in our population category of the 2015 National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.
The water challenge is a friendly competition between cities across the United States to see who can be the most “water-wise.” Every April, mayors from across the nation challenge their residents to conserve water, energy and other natural resources on behalf of their cities through a series of online pledges. The cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category win – and participants from those winning cities are eligible to win hundreds of prizes.
The National Water Challenge Campaign was created by the Wyland Foundation and has grown into a huge competition with more than 1,000 cities from all 50 states participating each year. Eden Prairie first participated in 2012.
Finishing 23rd isn’t too shabby; especially considering this is a national campaign. Congratulations to the City of Poway, California (a suburb of San Diego) who took first place.
I would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s challenge and encourage all of us to continue thinking of ways to reduce our water and energy consumption. As evidenced by the fact that the 2015 pledges combined to save more than 1,500,000,000 gallons of water… individual efforts really do make all the difference.