Kissimmee, Toho Water Authority join mayor’s water conservation challenge

The city of Kissimmee in partnership with Toho Water Authority has joined the nationwide Mayor’s Challenge for water conservation to be most “water wise.”

Mayor José Álvarez is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources more wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.

“It is important for our community to join to conserve water and energy. This challenge to be most ‘water wise’ will help our people for many years to come as it is one of the many steps the City has taken to help the environment,” said Alvarez.

The annual challenge, April 1- 30, is a nonprofit national community service campaign that encourages leaders to inspire their residents to make a series of simple pledges at mywaterpledge.com to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy.

“Toho plays a key role in not only providing water services to our customers, but doing so in a manner that protects and preserves water resources for generations to come. One of the best things that we can do as a utility and as a community is to extend our current water supplies as far as we can – and that means conservation. We look forward to taking the pledge to conserve water and encourage residents and businesses throughout our community to do the same,” said Todd Swingle, executive director of Toho Water Authority.

How it works

Residents visit www. kissimmee.org/my waterpledge.

1. Take a four-step conservation pledge on behalf of the city.

2. See city’s current standings.

3. Encourage their friends to take part.

4. The city with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category wins.

In 2018, residents from over 3,800 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 3 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 79.9 million pounds, and prevent more than 177,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering the watersheds. The challenge looks at the ways the water use will affect the future of the communities — from how people grow food to reducing polluted runoff.