National Mayor's Challenge For Water Conservation - April 1-30, 2015


Student Edition

Together We've Pledged
To Save Over
1,598,987,259 Gallons Of Water

Water is everywhere. But only three percent of water on earth is fresh water. And only a fraction of that is available for people to use. The National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation invites teachers and students to learn more about this valuable limited resource and take a series of classroom pledges on behalf of your community to use water wisely.

Win Prizes for your Class and School

Teachers from any grade level who complete the pledge process with their students are automatically entered to win a $250 Target gift card for classroom supplies - and another $250 Target Gift Card for their school. Five lucky classes will be chosen in a random drawing from among participating teachers.

Click Here for complete rules

How it works. It's as easy as:

  • 1.Take the pledge as a class activity*
  • 2.Use our pledge benefit resource with tips from EPA, US Forest Service, and other experts to start a discussion about why each pledge matters
  • 3.Share your results with your students
  • 4.Encourage your students to take the pledge with their parents

    * The pledge process is encouraged for use as a group learning activity, but only adults ages 18 and over may submit an official entry.

Teachers! Pledge on behalf of your class using:


Students! Take the fun and educational pledge.

* Data is not saved for individual students who take the pledge.

About My Water Pledge

My Water Pledge is a friendly competition between cities across the US to see who can be the most “water-wise.” Mayors nationwide will challenge their residents to conserve water energy and other natural resources on behalf of their city through a series of informative, easy-to-use pledges online.

Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category win. Cities will compete in the following population categories: 5,000-29,999, 30,000-99,999, 100,000-299,999. 300,000-599,999, 600,000+). Participants in the winning cities are eligible to win hundreds of prizes. By the way, your mayor doesn't have to participate for your city to win... But every person makes a difference! Last year, the challenge awarded more than $50,000 in prizes to nearly 1,000 residents in U.S. cities.

We created this companion site for teachers to engage their classes about the many ways water conservation benefits our community.

A message from Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in support of the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation.

Make the Water Pledge a group activity with your class or parents.

Activity Corner

Before taking your pledge, take advantage of these classroom learning activities

Planet H20 - Go With the Flow

Water is everywhere, but will there be enough for us in the future? Take a journey with Maria in this activity as she and the students explore how water is shared around the community - and around the world. Adaptable to all grade levels.

Time needed for activity: 45-65 minutes
Download Lesson Plan

Where Does Our Water Come From?

We all live in a watershed. But we often don't understand how we impact our local water systems. This activity shows students where there water shed is and where their local water comes from. Adaptable to all grade levels.

Time needed for activity: Approximately 140 minutes.
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Water, Energy, Efficiency

Moving, heating, and cleaning water takes lots of energy. Just ask Maria. This math-based activity shows exactly how conservation of resources adds up. Adaptable to all grade levels.

Time needed for activity: Approximately 60-120 minutes.
Download Lesson Plan

Special thanks to all of the great folks who are making a difference for water conservation

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