York City to take on water conservation challenge

Jason Addy

Throughout April, York City will be competing with cities across the country to see whose residents can conserve the most water.

From York City Hall on Tuesday, Mayor Kim Bracey announced her city’s participation in the sixth annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, a “friendly” competition between residents of similarly sized cities with a “focus on inspiring residents to care for their natural resources and to become better stewards of the environment.”

On behalf of York City, residents can make an online pledge to conserve water throughout April by visiting www.mywaterpledge.com.

Chaz Green, deputy director of the York City public works department, speaks about water conservation after Mayor Kim Bracey (left) announced the city's participation in a nationwide conservation challenge. Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Jason Addy photo.

According to the website, Americans have pledged to conserve more than 1.1 billions gallons of water.

With about 45,000 residents, York City will take on a host of other small cities with 30,000 to 99,999 residents for the chance to win environmentally friendly prizes, including shower heads and cleaning kits, and a $500 shopping spree.

Residents who pledge to conserve water also will be entered to win a 2017 Toyota Prius.

As of Tuesday afternoon, York City ranked 33rd in the 30,000-to-99,999-residents category.

Small steps: Chaz Green, deputy director of the city’s public works department, said the nationwide campaign challenges residents to conserve and reduce their water consumption to protect local watersheds and reduce stress on aging water infrastructure.

“Although drought conditions in the nation have improved this year, communities across the nation still face the unique set of challenges to ensure a steady, reliable supply of clean water for the future,” Green said.

By taking small steps to conserve, such as turning off the water while brushing your teeth and taking shorter showers, residents can make a significant impact on their cities, Green said.

The city might not be experiencing drought-like conditions, Bracey said, but it is "always a good thing" to conserve water — a "precious resource that we take for granted" — as residents can save money by reducing water consumption.

The water conservation challenge is "a great opportunity for our city to join together in taking care of our York while making changes in our daily routines," Bracey said. "We should ensure … that we leave the environment better than when we encountered it. This is an opportunity to sustain our community for the next generations to come."