Water Wise Challenge offers prizes, awareness for conservation

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Conserving water in the area can be a prize winning activity as well as an effective way to help Galveston Bay.

It’s all part of the Water Wise Bay Cities Challenge that begins Feb. 23.

The friendly water conservation competition is designed to engage residents of 20 cities located in the southeast Houston area, including Friendswood, Pearland, and Alvin.

The goal of the Water Wise Bay Cities Challenge is to encourage residents to take the pledge to conserve water at http://www.gbwb.org/water-wise-bay-cities-challenge/. The three cities with most pledges in relation to their population size will win the challenge.

Additionally, one resident from each winning city will be selected through a random drawing and will receive a prize. Prizes include Moody Garden family passes, Artist Boat Eco-Art kayak trips, and more.

As part of an effort to conserve regional water supplies, Galveston Bay Foundation – in partnership with the Texas Living Waters Project, City of Pearland and City of Baytown- is launching the contest.

Because of fast-growing water demand in the region, Galveston Bay is at risk of losing the levels of freshwater it needs to support a healthy habitat for fish, shellfish and other important wildlife species that depend on it.

Water conservation is one of the most effective ways to combat this, according to the Galveston Bay Foundation.

The Challenge is part of the Galveston Bay Water Brigade campaign, an outreach effort to increase awareness about water conservation’s role.

The Water Wise Bay Cities Challenge will end on May 10 at 12 p.m. and GBF will recognize winning cities and residents at its Bay Day Festival on Saturday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah.

“We hope that improving water conservation efforts will be at the top of every city’s priority list,” Paula Paciorek, GBF’s Water Resource Coordinator, said. “The more our cities conserve now, the more prepared they will be for the future, and the more they will be helping the Bay.

Residents from the following cities are invited to participate and take the pledge to conserve water: City of Alvin, City of Baytown, Clear Lake Shores, City of Deer Park, City of Dickinson, City of El Lago, City of Friendswood, City of Galveston, City of Hitchcock, City of Kemah, City of La Marque, City of La Porte, City of League City, City of Nassau Bay, City of Pasadena, City of Pearland, City of Santa Fe, City of Seabrook, Texas City and City of Webster.

For more information or to register a city not on the list, contact Claire Everett at [email protected]

Story by Karolyn Gephart