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Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation Returns through August 31

Oceanside CA— Oceanside Mayor Peter Weiss joins Mayors across the country in the 2020 Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, taking place August 1-31.  This friendly competition aims to ignite cities across the nation in promoting drought resiliency, watershed protection, and overall environmental stewardship.  A month-long campaign, the Mayor’s Challenge is a call to action for leaders to inspire their residents to pledge to use resources wisely and form smart habits that will help them conserve water and energy on a daily basis. In the wake of the current pandemic, this year’s campaign provides residents with additional opportunities to get involved safely from home.

Mayor Weiss is asking all Oceanside residents to take the water pledge by August 31 to support Oceanside in the Challenge. Residents may visit www.mywaterpledge.com to pledge online, or email or mail in the hard copy sent with their August water bill. Pledges must be received by August 31. If Oceanside receives more pledges than similarly-sized cities, residents who took the pledge have the chance to win hundreds of prizes, such as money toward their home utility payments, irrigation equipment and home improvement shopping sprees.

New this year, residents may also participate in the Challenge by completing hands-on projects or actions in their own backyard or neighborhood. The hands-on projects can be done as an individual, with family members, or set up as a virtual group activity inviting friends to do the same activity in their own backyards. A student edition of the Challenge offers activities and curriculum for students to do at home as well, and students who pledge online can win prizes for their classroom.

“The City of Oceanside supports the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation because using water efficiently is important to the City’s future. Oceanside residents take pride in using this precious resource wisely and each person’s efforts go a long way in supporting the City’s, and region’s, long-term water supply reliability,” said Mayor Weiss. In last year’s Mayor’s challenge, Oceanside placed 3rd in the nation. This year, help Oceanside win first place!  To learn more about the Mayor’s Challenge and to watch Mayor Weiss take the pledge, visit: www.GreenOceanside.org.

About Green Oceanside

Green Oceanside is a City campaign dedicated to teaching residents and local businesses how to be better stewards of the Earth through energy conservation, sustainability, water conservation, watershed protection, and zero waste.  For more information, visit greenoceanside.org.

About the City of Oceanside

The City of Oceanside is located in northern San Diego County with a population of approximately 178,000. Oceanside’s vibrant coastal community includes MiraCosta Community College and the world-renowned 1,954-foot fishing pier and 1,000-slip public marina. Oceanside is located 83 miles south of the city of Los Angeles and just 35 miles north of the City of San Diego. The City of Oceanside offers outstanding public amenities such as a municipal airport, 30 city parks, four community recreation centers, two municipal swim centers, two senior centers, two City-owned golf courses and 3.5 miles of public beaches. More than 6,000 businesses operate within the City of Oceanside, including Genentech Pharmaceuticals, TE Connectivity, Hydranautics, Nitto Denko, Gilead Sciences, Hobie Cat and Tri-City Medical Center, as well as emerging craft and entrepreneurial ventures.

About the Wyland Foundation

Founded in 1993 by environmental artist Wyland (best known for his series of 100 monumental marine life murals), the Wyland Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways, and marine life. The foundation encourages environmental awareness through community events, education programs, and public art projects. www.wylandfoundation.org.

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