The City of Kissimmee partnered with Toho Water Authority to join the nationwide Mayor’s Challenge for water conservation to be the most “water-wise”, which officially started on Monday, April 1, 2019.
José Álvarez, Mayor of Kissimmee, joined mayors from across the country asking residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources more wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.
“It is important for our community to join to conserve water and energy. This challenge to be most ‘water wise’ will help our people for many years to come as it is one of the many steps the City has taken to help the environment,” said Mayor Alvarez.
The annual challenge is a non-profit national community service campaign that runs April 1- 30 and encourages leaders to inspire their residents to make a series of simple pledges at mywaterpledge.com to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy.
“Toho plays a key role in not only providing water services to our customers but doing so in a manner that protects and preserves water resources for generations to come. One of the best things that we can do as a utility and as a community is to extend our current water supplies as far as we can – and that means conservation. We look forward to taking the pledge to conserve water and encourage residents and businesses throughout our community to do the same,” said Todd Swingle, executive director of Toho Water Authority.
This is how it works:
Residents visit www.kissimmee.org/
- Take a 4-step conservation pledge on behalf of the city
- See city’s current standings
- Encourage their friends to take part
- The city with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category wins.
Residents from over 3,800 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 3 billion gallons in 2018, which resulted in the reduction of waste sent to landfills by 79.9 million pounds, and prevented more than 177,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering the watersheds. The Challenge looks at the ways the water use will affect the future of the communities — from how people grow food to reducing polluted runoff.
During the City of Kissimmee Commissioners Meeting on April 2, 2019, a proclamation was presented to Mary Cox with Toho Water Authority and William Graf with the South Florida Water Management District declaring the whole month of April as Water Conservation Month.
Help make a positive difference by conserving your water. Together let’s make a better tomorrow! For more information about this challenge visit the City of Kissimmee webpage, www.kissimmee.org/