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Mayor Burt Asks Residents to Sign Pledge for Water Conservation

“My Water Pledge” awards prizes for pledging to conserve water during month of April

Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt is joining mayors across the country asking community members to take part in a national contest and pledge to conserve water. The Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation encourages city mayors to engage in a friendly competition to see which community can best inspire their residents to save water through easy online pledges.

The challenge asks people to take the “My Water Pledge” on behalf of their city. The city with the most pledges at the end of April wins, and those in the winning city may be eligible to win prizes such as a new Toyota Prius or home water efficiency makeover kit!

The 2016 Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is particularly timely, given the State’s prolonged drought and State mandated regulations for urban water use reductions.

“California is experiencing a drought of historic proportions, but we recognize that water conservation is a way of life, regardless of drought or rain conditions," said Mayor Burt. "Saving water is in the best interest of our population, environmental habitat, fish and wildlife, recreational opportunities and overall climate protection goals. Participating in this contest demonstrates our City’s commitment to conservation and protection of such a precious natural resource.”

The asks people to commit to simple water-saving behaviors, such as fixing leaks, taking shorter showers, and landscaping with climate-appropriate plants. Even behavioral choices like proper recycling, donating unwanted items for reuse by others, and walking, biking or driving a car with better gas mileage can help contribute toward our global water savings, as it takes water to produce power or process  materials and provide these resources.

“Palo Alto ranked in the top 10 of the water conservation challenge the first year our City participated. How great would it be if we could meet or beat that goal again this year,” asked City Manager Jim Keene. “This challenge is a great opportunity to demonstrate that our residents are dedicated to environmentally responsible living.”

With support from the Wyland Foundation, Toyota, National League of Cities, EPA WaterSense and US Forest Service, Mayor Burt is encouraging Palo Alto community members to pledge to conserve water on behalf of Palo Alto. Pledge at throughout the month of April and select a number of water-saving actions to see how much you can conserve!

The City offers many free services and rebates to help you save water at home or work. Read about water supply conditions and available water efficiency programs at

Join us on April 30 for the Great Race for Saving Water! Learn about all the ways you can conserve and protect our precious natural resources, all while enjoying some healthy outdoor recreation and a community Earth Day festival! Details at

Last Updated April 7, 2016