After declaring a local drought earlier in February, the Beverly Hills City Council approved a decision to support the National Mayor of Wyland’s Water Conservation Challenge at its February 15 regular meeting. The national contest is presented by California-based nonprofit, the Wyland Foundation, and aims to educate consumers about their water use and waste. This marks the fifth year that Beverly Hills will participate in the annual month-long challenge, which runs from April 1-30. During the month of April, those who live and work in Beverly Hills will be invited to steward water resources and can make a pledge to accept the challenge to www.mywaterpledge.com.
The challenge comes after Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide water crisis late last year and California’s emergency drought rules were released. in January and aim to reduce water waste. According to the California Department of Water Resources, the 2021 water year (October 1, 2020 through September 20, 2021) was California’s driest year since 1924 based on statewide precipitation. . Residents are encouraged to sign up for My Water Pledge and participate on behalf of their city by completing online conservation pledges to reduce pollution. The initiative asks those who pledge to make small changes like fixing leaky faucets, using reusable shopping bags, limiting the use of sprinklers, taking shorter showers, washing only full loads of laundry , properly dispose of batteries and more. Based on individual responses and region, each engagement generates an estimate of the number of gallons of water saved.
Cities will compete to be the most “water wise” and will be ranked by population category. Currently, Beverly Hills ranks 145 in the population category ranging from 30,000 to 99,999; North Port, Florida ranks first. The cities that receive the most pledges in their population category are named the most “water efficient” city in the country and participants compete for hundreds of prizes, including $3,000 for utility bills and a hybrid Toyota Highlander. During the month of April, 30 daily prizes will also be raffled off from a group of all entrants to win Bluetooth timers, travel mugs, towels, hats and beanies. The Wyland Foundation is expected to announce the winners in May.
Dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving the world’s oceans, waterways and marine life, The Wyland Foundation launched the challenge 10 years ago. Since 2013, the program has saved more than seven billion gallons of water and more.
Currently, the city offers cost-saving tips, water audits, and a free water tracking service to help residents reduce waste by notifying them of water usage. abnormally high daily rate and any ongoing water flow problems, such as leaks. To learn more about these resources, visit https://water.beverlyhills.org/. The city also has grant funds available for businesses to provide financial incentives for custom water efficiency projects. For advice on water conservation, visit http://www.bhsaves.org/. For questions related to water conservation, please call 310-285-2492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wyland Foundation Mayor’s Challenge is presented in partnership with Toyota and with support from WaterSense of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, The Toro Company, National League of Cities, Conserva Irrigation and Earth Friendly Products and more.