The city of Gallup, New Mexico, was named one of five national winners in the 7th Annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Area Residents Make 7,010 Pledges, in the Population Category 5,000-29,999, to reduce their water use by 32 million gallons of water over the next year. The annual month-long public awareness campaign to promote drought resiliency and water quality ended on April 30, 2018 with mayors from 35 states vying to see whose city could be the nation’s most “water wise.”
“The challenge is a serious reminder to everyone about the importance of water to our cities and our country,” said marine life artist Wyland, who founded the Wyland Foundation in 1993. “This year we encouraged people to think about their consumption practices and see if they could find new ways to reduce pollution runoff and limit waste.”
Residents from winning cities will now be entered into a drawing for thousands of dollars in water-saving or eco-friendly prizes, including $5,000 toward their annual home utility bill, "Greening Your Home" cleaning kits from Earth Friendly Products (ECOS), and home irrigation equipment from The Toro Company. A $500 home improvement store shopping spree will also be chosen from among the entire pool of U.S. participants. Additionally, participating residents were asked to nominate a deserving charity in their community to receive a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.