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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez pledges to conserve water for national Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

MIAMI (April 11, 2018)

Throughout the month of April, which is Water Conservation Month, communities across America are being challenged by the Wyland Foundation (a non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways, and marine life) to commit to sustainability by making a series of online pledges to conserve water, energy and other natural resources.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has taken the pledge on behalf of the County.

“South Florida may be surrounded by water, but conserving our fresh water resources is something our 2.7 million Miami-Dade County residents can help with each day,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I encourage everyone, myself included, to participate in the Wyland Foundation’s My Water Pledge so we can all become more active stewards for the community and for our natural resources because even small changes in our habits can result in big savings for our future.”

Examples of how you can preserve our natural resources with the online pledge include committing to wash only full loads of laundry/dishes, shorten your shower time and use high efficiency showerheads, use refillable bottles/shopping bags, repair leaky pipes, faucets and toilets.

Mayor Gimenez’s pledge is expected to result in more than 68,000 gallons of water saved in the next year, as well as reducing landfill refuse by 1,751 pounds, saving 495 gallons of oil and decreasing carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 280,000 pounds.

Not only can each of us make an impact by conserving our natural resources, but residents can possibly win free prizes, as well. Prizes include home improvement store gift cards, showerheads, your utility bill being paid for a year and the grand prize of a 2018 Toyota RAV 4. In 2017 alone, residents around the nation, from Anchorage to the Florida Keys, made 421,891 pledges to reduce water waste by more than 2.2 billion gallons.

By altering daily lifestyle choices, 2017 pledges also resulted in potentially reducing the use of 4.7 single-use plastic water bottles and eliminate 114,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering watersheds. Pledges also resulted in potentially 52.5 million fewer pounds in landfills. Potential savings of 14.6 million gallons of oil, 7.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, 156.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity, and $35.5 million in consumer cost savings rounded out the final pledge results.

If you invite your friends to take the pledge, you will also be entered to potentially win a prize of the day.

To help your city be the most water wise take your individual pledge to conserve water.

Each city and their residents in Miami-Dade County can make their pledge representing their municipality. However, if you are one of the more than one million people who live within Unincorporated Miami-Dade County, you can still participate, as well.

When you click to make your pledge on the website, type in Miami-Dade County and select the option “Can’t find your City, click here” and manually type in Miami-Dade County and select FL as the state, so Unincorporated Miami-Dade County receives credit for the pledge.

In Miami-Dade County, individuals use approximately 141 gallons of water per capita per day. To learn how you can decrease your carbon footprint and participate in Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department’s various conservation rebate programs, go to WASD’s Conservation Page.

It is the priority of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to provide safe, reliable service to its customers. For additional information about Department services and programs, visit the department’s website.