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Galveston, TX – Oct. 20, 2018 – The Galveston Bay Foundation announced this week the City of Galveston had placed second in the foundation’s water conservation challenge.
Houston, Galveston and Pearland won first, second and third place, respectively, for their residents’ commitment to water conservation. The City of Galveston – joined by local residents and business owners – will receive an award during a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 20 at Moody Gardens.
“We understand water is a precious resource and there’s value to conserving it where we can,” City Manager Brian Maxwell said. “The City has taken steps to conserve water by addressing leaks and inefficiencies in our water infrastructure, and structuring our water rate system to incentivize conservation. During this challenge our residents have shown water conservation is important to them as well.”
Earlier this year, the Galveston Bay Foundation launched the Houston Cities H20 Challenge, a competition between cities to see which municipality would have the most residents take an online pledge to conserve water. The competition ran from June 4 to September 28.
The pledges also included information about how to track water usage and efficiently water outdoor landscapes. More than two dozen cities participated in the competition. Each pledge earned points for the municipalities.
The City’s Executive Director of Community Outreach Barbara Sanderson will accept the award on behalf of the City of Galveston during the ceremony Saturday night.
“Galveston’s residents and businesses demonstrated their commitment to water conservation during this challenge,” Sanderson said. “The City is proud of their dedication to this cause and their efforts to promote the health of the bay.”
The Houston Cities H20 Challenge was done in a partnership with the Texas Living Waters Project. The Texas Living Waters Project is a collaboration between National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club the Lone Star Chapter and Galveston Bay Foundation – to transform the way we manage water so there will be enough for our wildlife, our economy and our kids. For more information, visit www.texaslivingwaters.org.
“With our rapid population growth in our region and the associated increase on our surface water resources, it is imperative that we strengthen water conservation practices in our region as a concerted effort,” said Paula Paciorek, Galveston Bay Foundation water resources manager.
“This will ensure that our rivers don’t run dry, and that we can meet our future human needs as well as the water needs of Galveston Bay.”