Mayor's Water Challenge


From April 1-30, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss is joining mayors across the country for the Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation! This is a campaign to challenge citizens to take the My Water Pledge. My Water Pledge is a friendly competition between cities across the U.S. to see who can be the most “water-wise" city. By taking the pledge, you're committing to conserve water, energy, and other natural resources. Once you take the pledge, you'll have the chance at winning hundreds of prizes, including $5000 toward Home Utility payments and a RAV4 Hybrid for your favorite deserving charity.

Last year, Grand Rapids residents participating in the Challenge pledged to:

  • Reduce our annual consumption of freshwater by 1.36 billion gallons
  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 5 million pounds
  • Reduce waste sent to landfills by over 31,000 pounds

Let's reduce even more this year! Join the Mayor's Water Challenge today!

Mayor's Water Challenge Pledge

Here are some interesting facts about water use:

  • American residents use about 100 gallons of water per day. 
  • The average faucet flows at a rate of 2 gallons per minute. You can save up to four gallons of water every morning by turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth.
  • Taking a bath requires up to 70 gallons of water. A five-minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons.
  • A running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day.
  • At 1 drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons per year.
  • If you drink your daily recommended 8 glasses of water per day from the tap, it will cost you about 50 cents per year. If you choose to drink it from water bottles, it can cost you up to $1,400 dollars.