In April, the Greensboro City Council is asking its residents to take a pledge to save water.

The city is participating in the 11th Wylands National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, which runs from April 1 through April 30.  On March 1, the City Council voted to declare April Wylands National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation Month and the good news is that participants can win prizes.

There was a time not too long ago when water conservation in Greensboro was required, and instead of being rewarded with prizes if you participated, people were subject to fines if they did not.

The drought in 2007 and 2008 resulted in citywide water restrictions, but since Greensboro began receiving water from the Randleman Reservoir through the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority, there has been much less emphasis on conserving water.

However, those participating in the Wylands National Mayor’s Challenge have an opportunity to win $3,000 toward your water bill, in water-saving products for your home, product rebates and more.  There is also the opportunity to nominate the charity of your choice to receive a new Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

To participate in the challenge, go to .

In the press release announcing the challenge, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan said, “It’s become obvious to me that water is one of our most precious resources.  We all must work together to do our part to conserve water and use it wisely.  That’s why I’m once again taking this pledge and asking Greensboro residents to join me.  Let’s show other cities how the Gate City takes pride in our environment.”

The Wyland Foundation president said, “In the last 10 years, we’ve seen climate change and shifting weather patterns affect the distribution of water, pollution impact the quality of water, and freshwater sources used at a quicker rate than they are being refilled.  That’s why it is so important to have programs like this where people can learn what they can do to help.