In an effort to benefit the environment and community as a whole, Mayor Dave Leckness will square off with mayors from across Southern California this month to see whose city can be the most “water wise.”
The Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, which the Wyland Foundation has organized across Southern California, involves residents taking online pledges to reduce water waste and pollution.
The pledge drive, which runs until April 30, not only helps cities meet conservation goals, such as AB32, it gives residents who make pledges at www.mywaterpledge.com a chance to win a series of prizes.
“Mayors often issue friendly challenges to see whose city has the best football team,” said foundation founder and artist Robert Wyland in a statement. “We wanted this challenge to give them a way to build that same kind of excitement but focus it on one of the most important issues Southern California will face in the next decade.”
The contest complements Mission Viejo’s proactive, ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint through water conservation, recycling, special events and educating residents.
“Our City is dedicated to being the greenest it can be,” said Mayor Dave Leckness. “I accepted this challenge with the hope of engaging our residents even more to take simple steps every day to conserve water.”
The city with the highest percentage of residents who make pledges wins. The Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is expected to include a daily updated “Top Ten” list at www.wylandfoundation.org so residents can follow along and encourage their families and neighbors to join in.