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City of Yonkers Joins 6th National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1 – 30

Post Date:04/03/2017 11:50 AM

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YONKERS, NY – April 3, 2017 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced he is joining mayors across the country in 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. Participating residents could win an electric vehicle, water saving fixtures and hundreds of more prizes.

The annual challenge, April 1- 30, is a non-profit national community service campaign to see which leaders can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative and easy-to-do online pledges at to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy. 

“Americans use about 100 gallons of water per day,” said Mayor Spano. “This initiative reminds us that the environment is our most precious asset and it is our responsibility to care for it. I encourage our residents be ‘water wise’ and challenge themselves to be more mindful of their water usage, because every drop counts.”

Under Mayor Spano’s leadership, the City of Yonkers has taken various steps to conserve water citywide. In 2016, the city completed its water meter replacement project which replaced aging meters with ones that accurately measure usage for water customers. The results include the city purchasing 7% less water than it had in 2012 and more accurate water bills. Yonkers also has invested $250,000 over the last three years to track and repair leaking pipes in the city’s infrastructure, resulting in less water waste. In addition, Yonkers launched its ‘Respect Yonkers’ anti-littering campaign and its environmentally preferable purchasing policy that requires the city to purchase recycled content paper. Recycling one ton of paper can save up to 7,000 gallons of water.

Last year, residents from over 4,100 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 1.9 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 42 million pounds, and prevent more than 87,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds. The challenge goes beyond recent drought issues and looks at the ways our water use will affect the future of our communities — from how we grow food to reducing polluted runoff.

To participate, residents enter online at, and then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of Yonkers. Cities compete in the following population categories: 5,000- 29,999 residents, 30,000-99,999 residents, 100,000-299,999 residents, 300,000-599,999 residents, and 600,000+ residents. Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category are entered into drawings for hundreds of eco-friendly prizes, including home improvement gift cards, home irrigation equipment, and a Grand Prize Toyota Prius. The challenge also features additional resources for residents to take their commitment of conservation even further, from regional water and energy resource issues to cost-saving tips at home. 

The 6th National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S. EPA WaterSense, The Toro Company, National League of Cities, Conserva Irrigation, and Earth Friendly Products (makers of ECOS). 

About the Wyland Foundation Founded in 1993 by environmental artist Wyland (best known for his series of 100 monumental marine life murals), the Wyland Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways, and marine life. The foundation encourages environmental awareness through community events, education programs, and public art projects.

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