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Sacramento, Tucson, Denver, Dallas and Pittsburgh are among the competitors in the National Mayor’s Water Challenge.
The city with the highest percentage of residents pledging to conserve water will win the sixth annual National Mayor’s Water Challenge, which is running through April 30.
Hosted by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, the competition saw 1.9 billion gallons in pledged water consumption reductions across about 4,100 cities in 2016 and is expected to surpass that this year.
More than 200 mayors will enter on behalf of their cities this year including Sacramento, Tucson, Denver, Dallas and Pittsburgh with 1.2 billion gallons of water already pledged as of Wednesday evening.
The competition is intended to supplement municipal water conservation programs, bolster drought resiliency, improve watersheds, and preserve aging infrastructure with cities broken up into population categories: 5,000 to 29,999 residents; 30,000 to 99,999; 100,000 to 299,999; 300,000 to 599,999; and 600,000-plus.
If a city takes their category, and a resident has entered the prize drawing, they’re eligible to win a grand prize 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, $500 home improvement shopping spree and other “green” prizes.
A national kickoff took place April 3 in Bloomington, Minnesota, where a “mobile learning center” set off south down the Mississippi River watershed for a month-long educational initiative on water conservation called the “Rolling Down the Mississippi River Tour.”
Dave Nyczepir is a News Editor at Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.