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Tucson named one of five top water wise cities in America

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Posted at 12:37 PM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 15:37:34-04

TUCSON, Ariz — For the second year, the Old Pueblo was named of the top water wise cities in the United States.

Tucson received the recognition by pledging to reduce water use by 71.2 million gallons of water over the next year as part of the 8th Annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.

“The challenge is about reminding people across the country that we all need to work together to manage our water resources,” said marine life artist Wyland, who founded the Wyland Foundation in 1993. “The campaign shows that there are many ways to do that, but it all starts with simple actions that most of us can do every day that make a big difference over time.”

Tucson resident's pledge will result in 1.9 million fewer pounds of waste being sent to landfill areas, the Wyalnd Foundation says.

In addition to Tucson, four other cities were named national winners including Rexburg, Idaho, Palm Coast., Fla., Athens, Ga., and Columbus, Ohio.

The Wyland Foundation says residents from winning cities will now be entered in a drawing to win water-saving or eco-friendly prizes, including $3,000 toward their annual home utility bill.