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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The City of Tucson took second place in the 2014 National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, according to a recent release; Corpus Christi took first in the less than 600,000 population category.  In 2013 Tucson won the challenge. 

It is a friendly non-profit competition that asks U.S. city leader to see who can best inspire their residents to reduce water and energy use through a series of pledges.  According to the release, residents in Tucson pledged - to reduce water waste by 66 million gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 1.6 million pounds, as well as eliminate more than 8,100 pounds of hazardous waste from entering local watersheds and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 246 million pounds.

Wyland Foundation and Toyota with help from the EPA and the National League of Cities all worked together to sponsor the challenge. The winner received more than $50,000 in prizes, while participating residents were entered into a separate challenge for a $1,000 home improvement shopping spree and other prizes. 

"Access to a clean and reliable supply of fresh water is fundamental to our lives, " said artist and conservationist Wyland, in the release. "Most people do not think about their water footprint and the extent to which water quality issues can impact them personally." 

To see the final standings for the 2014 competition, please visit www.mywaterpledge.com  Cities who wish to participate in 2015 may call the Wyland Foundation at (949)-643-7070.

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