Tucson has won first place in its category in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. The competition between cities to conserve water across the United States ended April 20. Cities were broken up into five categories based on population size.
“We are a water-conscious community and I’m glad we’re receiving national recognition for that,” said Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who held a media conference May 7.
The Wyland Foundation said Tucson was motivated to win the competition and those living in the community appeared to be well-informed about the impact of water usage. Tucson Water Director Alan Forrest attributed the utility’s leadership to the community’s activeness regarding water conservation.
“This is evidenced by the participation of residents pledging for Tucson in the challenge,” Forrest added.
Now that the competition is complete among the cities, the winners from each category are eligible for prizes including a new Toyota Prius. Also in Tucson’s category was Corpus Christi, Texas, Miami, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Long Beach, California. Tucson was the only city in Arizona to be listed in any of the top 10 categories.