Monday, 21 August 2023 09:18

City of Houston wins Water Conservation Challenge for second year

The City of Houston, along with four other major cities, has been named the winner of its category in the 2023 Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation for two years in a row. Houston was named a “Water-Wise City” by the Wyland Foundation for populations above 600,000.  

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner accepted the Wyland Foundation’s challenge back in April, encouraging community pledges to save water. Since the start of this year’s challenge, people in the Houston region pledged to save 188 million gallons of water. The Houston region also committed to additional methods of conservation: 

  • Stop using 453,952 single-use plastic water bottles
  • Prevent 12,044 pounds of hazardous waste from entering watersheds
  • Keep 5,220,882 pounds of waste out of landfills
  • Save 703,464,370 pounds of carbon dioxide
  • Save 13 million kilowatt hours of electricity
  • Save $2,385,351 in consumer costs

“After last summer’s drought, conserving water is crucial for the Houston region,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “The City of Houston is proud of winning the challenge in back-to-back years, the effort of our community to do its part, and the accomplishment of communities in over 40 states to save 1.8 billion gallons of water in 2023. We can all take small steps today to build a more resilient future.” 

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