National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation



Submitted by The City of Olympia

City of Olympia Mayor, Stephen Buxbaum, is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water by taking part in a national contest aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use across the nation.

Throughout the month of April, WaterWise Olympia residents are encouraged to make their pledge to water conservation at  Last year, residents from over 1,000 cities pledged to reduce their annual consumption of drinking water by nearly a billion gallons.

Mayor Buxbaum says, “By saving water, our community saves energy, money and valuable resources.  That’s why I am encouraging you to take the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation this month.”

This non-profit campaign is presented nationally by Toyota and the Wyland Foundation, with support from the Environmental Protection Agency and National League of Cities. The Wyland Foundation is a 501(c)3 dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways and marine life.

The city with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category wins.  Participants in the winning cities are eligible to win hundreds of prizes, including a Toyota Prius V, water saving home products, home improvement gift cards and more.

City of Olympia residents have done an excellent job in using our precious drinking water efficiently.  In fact, citizen’s efforts resulted in exceeding our 2009-2014 Water System Plan goal of reducing consumption by 5% per connection, with a 9% reduction in water use.  That’s over 98 million gallons!  Olympia residents have demonstrated their commitment to water conservation and deserve to be recognized.  Make your pledge today!

Did you know that about 400 billion gallons of water are used in the U.S. daily?  Or that a running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day?  For our Top 10 indoor and outdoor Water Wise tips, visit


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