Palm Coast - Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a renewed commitment to manage water resources more wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation.

The annual challenge, August 1- 31, is a non-profit national community service campaign that encourages leaders to inspire their residents to make a series of simple pledges at to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy. This year's "Stop the Drops" campaign runs through the end of August.

Please go online at between Aug. 1 - 31 to take the Water Challenge Pledge!

"Palm Coast prides itself on being rooted in nature," said Mayor Milissa Holland. "Our 130 miles of tree-lined trails and gorgeous parks attest to the fact that we cherish our environment. Our iconic Palm Coast Water Tower is a symbol of our everlasting commitment to sustainability and a reminder that water is one of our most precious resources. I support the Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation as it embodies what it means to be a green city and a smart city."

This will be Palm Coast's sixth year to participate in the national competition, and the city was proud to come in 1st place in the nation for cities with a population of 30,000-99,999 in 2019. The city came in 18th place in 2018.

Last year, residents across all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by three billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 80 million pounds, and prevent more than 179,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds. For Palm Coast, 8,022 residents pledged to cut water use by 33 million gallons in 2019 and to reduce their use of 88,000 single-use plastic water bottles and eliminate 1,896 pounds of hazardous waste from entering watersheds.

Cities compete in the following population categories: (5,000- 29,999 residents, 30,000-99,999 residents, 100,000-299,999 residents, 300,000-599,999 residents, and 600,000+ residents). Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category could have a chance to win $3,000 toward their Home Utility Bills, and hundreds more eco-friendly prizes including Toro Irrigation Smart Controllers, and ECOS home cleaning products. In addition, residents can nominate a deserving charity from their city for a chance to receive a 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Students and teachers are encouraged to take part, as well.

The 9th National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation is presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S EPA WaterSense, The Toro Company, National League of Cities, Conserva Irrigation, EcoSystems Inc., and Earth Friendly Products (makers of ECOS).

Follow the city of Palm Coast on social media @palmcoastgov on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as water conservation tips will be shared throughout the month.

Founded in 1993 by environmental artist Wyland (best known for his series of 100 monumental marine life murals), the Wyland Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the world's ocean, waterways, and marine life. The foundation encourages environmental awareness through community events, education programs, and public art projects.