Carrboro and Chapel Hill are battling it out in their first-ever water conservation challenge.
It launched on World Water Day on March 22 and will continue throughout April, and the winner will receive a Golden Faucet award.
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger challenged Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle in this friendly competition between the two towns. Orange Water and Sewer Authority is facilitating the challenge and will declare a winner on Friday, May 3. To participate, residents must take a pledge to save water in a variety of suggested ways. Whichever town has the highest percentage of residents take the pledge between now and April 30 will be declared the winner.
Mary Tiger, sustainability manager at OWASA, said the idea for the challenge came last year when Hemminger suggested holding a community-wide water conservation challenge.
“We were excited about it,” she said.
Tiger said, despite the two community’s strong belief in water conservation and stewardship, everybody needs a reminder from time to time.
“This is a great time to have it because, as we head into the warmer months, that’s generally when water use increases,” she said. “It’s a good time to remind everybody.”
Hemminger said the challenge was adapted from others across the country.
“We thought we’d try our own to raise awareness for folks about drinking water and how expensive it is to clean up the water and all the energy that’s involved in creating the water,” she said. “In asking people to conserve, you actually help them figure out why and have them pay attention to how much water they’re using.”