Throughout the month of April, Roswell residents took Mayor Jere Wood’s challenge to take shorter showers, fix leaky water pipes and only run full loads of dishes and laundry as part of the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.
Residents signed an online pledge to conserve water and resources. Cities with the highest percentage of residents who took the commitment were then entered to win hundreds of environmentally friendly prizes.
“The city of Roswell has always been committed to conserving our natural resources and being a good steward of the environment,” Wood said in a statement. “I am excited that so many residents accepted this challenge and hope it will help create additional momentum within our community to be aware of how our everyday actions impact our sustainability, both locally and nationally.”
Sponsored by the Wyland Foundation, in association with Toyota, the challenge’s mission is to promote resource conservation and the importance of sustainability leading up to and throughout Earth Month. The challenge is also supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National League of Cities, CH2M Hill’s WaterMatch, Rain Bird Corp., U.S. Forest Service, and Lowe’s Inc.
Last year, residents who participated in the challenge pledged to reduce their water use by 4.7 billion gallons. For more information and to view challenge results visit www.mywaterpledge.com.