TOMS RIVER – Mayor Thomas Kelaher of Toms River is encouraging residents to conserve water and cut pollution by joining the national Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.
This national contest is a non-profit community service campaign. Running throughout the month of April, it aims to drastically decrease water and energy usage everywhere.
Mayor Kelaher asks residents to sign a pledge to reduce water and energy usage. Don’t forget that this is an environmentally friendly contest, so there ought to be prizes! The towns with the most residents committed to reduced water and energy are entered to win any number of environmentally friendly rewards.
The Wyland Foundation will be giving away more than $50,000 in prizes. Win a 2018 Toyota RAV4 for a local charity or save $5,000 towards your utility bills!
“This contest challenges our residents to conserve water, save energy and reduce pollution by adopting water-saving habits such as taking shorter showers, running only full loads of dishes and laundry and fixing leaky water pipes,” said Kelaher.
Last year the contest helped committed residents all over the nation to reduce water usage by 1.5 billion gallons, reduce waste in landfills by 47 million pounds, and prevent 141,000 pounds of hazardous waste from making its way into our watersheds.
“As it has become increasingly clear, the value of water conservation has enormous benefits to local economies, the environment, and even our global climate. In heavily populated states like New Jersey, the benefits of conservation are incalculable. By being mindful of water use, we not only benefit our state, we help the entire country,” he added.
Kelaher encourages all Toms River residents to do their part in the conservation effort. You can make your pledge at mywaterpledge.com.