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Posted on: April 9, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation on Now!

DURHAM, N.C. – April is Earth Month, and water is our planet’s most precious natural resource. Throughout April, Durham residents are invited to join Mayor Steve Schewel and help the City win the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.

At the April 2nd City Council meeting, Mayor Schewel proclaimed Durham’s participation in the annual challenge. The mayor and the City’s Department of Water Management encourage local residents to visit now through April 30, and commit to making simple water-conserving practices, such as turning off the faucet while brushing teeth, shaving, and doing dishes.

The challenge, now in its seventh year, is a friendly competition between cities across the United States to see who can be the most water-wise. Mayors and civic leaders challenge residents to conserve water, energy, and other natural resources on behalf of their communities.

“As Durham grows, so too does our demand for water resources,” Schewel said. “The National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation reminds us all of the value of water, and challenges residents to choose smart, sustainable practices. Using water wisely benefits our community and the entire planet. Let’s take the challenge together, and help Durham reach the number one spot.”

To participate, residents visit and choose a series of simple pledges to conserve water on behalf of Durham. Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category (Durham is in the “100,000 to 299,999 residents” category) are entered into drawings for hundreds of eco-friendly prizes, including home improvement gift cards, home irrigation equipment, and the grand prize – a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid for the charity of their choice. The challenge also features resources for residents to take their commitment of conservation even further, from regional water and energy resource issues to cost-saving tips at home. Pledges must be completed by April 30.

For more information about Durham’s participation or additional conservation tips, call (919) 560-4381 or visit

About Water Management

The Department of Water Management is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Durham's water supply, water treatment and water reclamation (wastewater treatment) facilities, collection and distribution systems (including meter reading), and customer billing services. The department has a wide variety of support divisions and programs to maintain the existing infrastructure that provide these integral services, and strives to be a responsible steward of the City’s physical assets. For information, visit and follow @DurhamWater on Twitter and Facebook.

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