Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder wants the city’s residents to conserve water — and he’s going so far as to ask them to pledge their intent to do so.

The request is part of a national effort called the National Mayors’ Challenge for Water Conservation. The competition encourages residents to help their city become the most “water-wise” community, according to a press release. Residents can take part by signing the water-conservation pledge online.

“By participating in programs such as the National Mayors’ Challenge for Water Conservation, we’re helping preserve Lacey’s important water resources,” said Mayor Andy Ryder. “I encourage residents to join me and the rest of the City Councilmembers by taking part in the challenge.”

Participants from winning cities can win prizes, including a $3,000 grand prize that goes toward the winner’s utility bills. All participants are entered into daily drawings that include prizes like wireless weather sensors, home improvement store gift cards, and more. Participants can also enter their favorite charity into a drawing to win a 2019 Toyota Highlander hybrid vehicle.

The event is sponsored by the Wyland Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving water resources.

For more information, contact Emily Watts, the city’s water resources specialist, at at (360) 491-5600 or WaterResources@ci.lacey.wa.us.