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Community Conservation Challenge
Save Water in Concord and Bring Drinking Water to El Uval:
Join the Community Conservation Challenge

You can help bring abundant and safe drinking water to a village within the borders of Concord’s Sister City, San Marcos, Nicaragua, by saving water this summer. This year, participants in the Community Conservation Challenge will raise funds for the El Uval Water Project, which will go toward drilling a well and constructing distribution pipes for the village.

“Since the settlement of El Uval over 120 years ago, the only access to water for the village’s 400 residents has been via horseback in barrels,” Steven Bloomfield, chair of the Concord-San Marcos Sister Cities Committee, explains. “And that is not to suggest that the water they have had is safe for drinking. The improvements to sanitation and public health will be enormous and, we trust, immediate.”  

Not familiar with the Community Conservation Challenge? It is an outreach campaign that links water conservation with fundraising by local groups. Group members earn money by reducing water use this summer.

Local groups such as civic organizations, business groups, school groups and others are eligible to join. CPW will help participants learn how to become more water-efficient by offering workshops, irrigation system “check-ups,” toilet replacement rebates and more. If successful at reducing their water use, groups will earn $2 per member for each percentage of water saved this summer. By saving water here in Concord, you will be helping to bring drinking water to a village within the municipality of our sister city, improving public health and nutrition.

Challenge participants the past two years reduced their water use by over 1.8 million gallons, earning thousands of dollars for local non-profit organizations.

All Concord water account holders (businesses included) are able to participate; you can join an existing group or get some of your friends and neighbors to sign up. Go to for more information or contact Water Conservation Coordinator Joanne Bissetta at 978-318-3259 or  

This year’s Challenge is funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

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