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North Port again participating in water conservation challenge

The City of North Port joins nationwide challenge to be most “water wise”

Debbie McDowell, Mayor of the City of North Port, 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 — and in return residents can win $3,000 toward their Home Utility Payments, water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes. Plus, one lucky charity from a winning city will receive a 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid to serve the community.

The annual challenge, August 1 - 31, is a non-profit national community service campaign that encourages leaders to inspire their residents to make a series of simple pledges at to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy.

Last year, the City of North Port placed 3rd in the nation of cities of similar size. Residents from over 3,800 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 3 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 79.9 million pounds, and prevent more than 177,000 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.

The Mayor stated, "Water is so vital to our community. From our economy, to our lifestyle and recreational opportunities, to our health, we depend on water in North Port. By conserving water, as well as protecting our waterways from pollutants such as fertilizer, we are preserving the health of our City. Let’s take the pledge, North Port! Let’s be the #1 Water Smarter City!”

To participate, please visit, and then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of the City of North Port. Residents who take the pledge have a chance to win $3,000 toward their home utility bills, and hundreds more eco-friendly prizes. In addition, residents can nominate a deserving charity from their city to receive a 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE. Students and teachers are encouraged to take part, as well.