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Hermosa At Top Spot in Water Challenge

Hermosa Beach looks to retain its crown in the National Mayor's Water Challenge, at least in its division.

There's still time to take the Water Pledge and keep Hermosa Beach in its number one spot for the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation.

The challenge, sponsored by the Wyland Foundation, asks residents to sign up on the site, www.mywaterpledge.com, and pledge to reduce water use in their homes and businesses. The city that has the most residents signed up wins.

While last year, Hermosa Beach won the challenge against several Southern California cities, the challenge has now gone national and Hermosa is now competing with cities in the Western U.S. with populations between 5,000 and 30,000 residents. However, it remains at the top of its division, followed by Laguna Beach and Corona Del Mar.

In the Mid-U.S. division, Victoria, Minnesota, has the lead, as do Palmyra, Virginia in the Southern division, and Charlestown, New Hampshire, in the Northeast.

Residents who take the pledge are eligible for a wide variety of prizes, including low-flow shower heads, sprinkler systems and even a Toyota Prius hybrid car. The competition is sponsored by the artist Wyland's charitable foundation as a way to encourage people to conserve water. The challenge ends on April 30.

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