City joins 2020 water conservation challenge

July 21, 2020

Bartlesville Mayor Dale Copeland 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 — and in return residents can win $3,000 toward their Home Utility Payments, water saving fixtures and hundreds of other prizes. Plus, participants can nominate a local charity to receive a 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE to serve the community.

The annual challenge, Aug. 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.

“As the Mayor of the City of Bartlesville, I support the mission of the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation and hope our citizens will pledge to conserve water and reduce their impact on the environment,” Copeland said.

Last year, residents across all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 3 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. The Challenge goes beyond drought issues and looks at the ways our water use will affect the future of our communities — from how we grow food to reducing polluted runoff.

“I encourage all residents to take this pledge so we can all do our part in conserving water,” Copeland said.

To participate, residents can go to and make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of Bartlesville. 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
  • 600,000+ residents

Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category 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 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.