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8th Annual National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

Join us in celebrating Earth Month by taking part in the 10th Annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation April 1st-30th. Residents can participate in reducing water consumption and energy usage, and help Medford win the title of the “Most Water Wise” in the nation. You will not only help our planet, but if Medford wins, you are entered to win some great prizes!

The National Mayor’s Challenge, presented by the Wyland Foundation, asks residents to go online to www.mywaterpledge.com during the month of April and take a series of simple, informative pledges to conserve water, energy and other natural resources. In addition to helping build a greener community, participants from the cities with the highest percentage of residents taking the challenge are entered to win a new Toyota Prius Prime, home improvement gift cards, water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes.

It's free, and only takes a minute. Plan to make the pledge April 1-30.
“By saving water, our community saves energy, money and valuable resources. Even small actions, such as fixing a leaky faucet or sweeping the driveway instead of using a hose, can add up to big water savings over time,” says Mayor Wheeler. “I hope Medford residents will join me in pledging to conserve water, save energy and reduce pollution in our community.”
Inside the house, people can save water by simply changing their shower heads and sink aerators to lower flow types. Toilet rebates of up to $85 are available from the Medford Water Commission (MWC) for replacing older, higher gallonage flush toilets with WaterSense labeled ones. Other less expensive water to save water are to turn off the faucet when brushing teeth, when washing the dishes or preparing food.

Outdoors, make sure all hoses have self-closing nozzles or timers on sprinklers. This can save hundreds, even thousands of gallons of water. Free sprinkler checkups are available from the MWC Conservation Team that include helping customers to understand and adjust their timers for proper sprinkling, finding sources of water waste such as irrigation leaks, and providing verbal and written recommendations for modifications or repairs. Additionally, MWC has a weekly Lawn Water Infoline at (541) 774-2460 that gives sprinkling times based on current weather and sprinkler type, along with other helpful landscape tups.

For more water conservation information, including rebates or Free Sprinkler Checkups, visit www.medfordwater.org, or call (541) 774-2436.

The sixth annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota. 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. Join Mayor Wheeler in taking the pledge to conserve water during the month of April at www.mywaterpledge.com.

By saving water, our community saves energy, money, and valuable resources. That’s why I am
encouraging you to take the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1-30, on behalf of our city and the
great charities in this community. By making a simple pledge to save water and reduce pollution, you are not only doing
your part for our community - you can win any of hundreds of prizes, including $3,000 toward your Home Utility Bills,
Home Improvement Store Gift Cards, Hobie Surf Gift Cards, Toro Smart Irrigation Controllers, and more. Plus, this year
you can nominate your favorite charity to win a 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid to help that charity continue to do its
great work in the community.
The pledge helps further our City’s goal of…< brag about some of the great things your city is doing to conserve water,
save energy, or any other positive initiatives for the environment>.

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