May 7, 2013

Tucson Wins National Mayor’s Water Challenge

National Mayor's Challenge for Water ConservationThe City of Tucson earned the top spot for residents of similar-sized cities pledging to save water, as part of the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, sponsored by the Wyland Foundation.

Tucsonans last month pledged to save nearly 39 million gallons of water, amounting to more than $1.6 million.  They also promised to reduce landfill waste by more than 959,000 pounds.

“I am extremely proud of our city for the way Tucsonans stepped up and pledged to do what we already do better than most cities, which is to conserve our natural resources,” said Mayor Jonathan Rothschild.

As a prize in the national challenge, Rain Bird – with operations in Tucson – is donating water-efficient irrigation equipment for Toumey Park in midtown Tucson.

“Keep an eye on the park in the months ahead and I’m sure you’ll see it a little bit greener, ” said Alex Nathanson, corporate marketing brand manager for Rain Bird.

Tucsonans who pledged to save water also are entered into a drawing later this month for a home sprinkler system.

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