On Wednesday 1 May, the winners of Tasman District Council’s Beat the Mayor competition will get the chance to dunk Mayor Richard Kempthorne as reward for topping his water conservation efforts during the summer drought.

The three competition winners have been invited to take part in the dunking at 9.30 am on Wednesday at the Richmond Aquatic Centre, along with students from schools that participated in the Council’s schools water saving competition over summer.

The Kempthornes reduced their household water consumption down to 97 litres a day during the drought.

Richard says: “I’m actually thrilled that people took up the challenge and several were able to beat our water saving. The efforts of everyone who reduced their water use at home, at work and at school were crucial to seeing us through the drought this summer. I’m preparing myself for a dunking – it’s well worth it for any motivation it may have given people to conserve water when we needed it most.”

 Pumps & Filters, Nelmac and the Richmond Aquatic Centre have sponsored the dunking apparatus for the event.