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Gloucester Township joins nationwide challenge to be the most “water wise”

National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1 – 30, 2018


Gloucester Township, Mayor David R. Mayer, is joining mayors across the country in the Wyland Foundation’s National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. The Mayor’s Water Conservation Challenge asks residents to manage water resources more wisely and in return they can win a variety of prizes including: $5,000 toward their Home Utility Payments and water saving fixtures. Also, one lucky charity will receive a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid to serve their community.

The annual challenge, which takes place April 1st - 30th, is a non-profit national community service campaign including a series of informative and easy-to-do online pledges at to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy.

Last year, residents from over 4,800 cities in the United States pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 2.2 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 52 million pounds, and prevent more than 114,000 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.

“Gloucester Township has always been proactive in sustainability efforts maintaining Sustainable Jersey Certification for over 7 years now. We are eager to join in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation to further improve the environment and promote better resource management,” says Mayor Mayer. “It is known that the average American uses over 100 gallons of water a day. And while most of us take it for granted, over 10,000 gallons of water is wasted each year by an average family. I strongly encourage you to take this easy-to-do online pledge to see what we can do as a community to reduce our water use. Let’s stop wasting water and help save the planet together.”

To participate, residents enter online at, and then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of Gloucester Township. 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 the Grand Prize $5,000 Home Utility Bill Payment. The Challenge also gives residents a chance to nominate a deserving charity that would benefit from receiving a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, and 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 7th 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.

For more information about the event, please call 856-374-3515 or