Nenov Brothers, Adobe Stock
Despite stiff competition, Weber State University was able to turn the tide and eke out a win in this year’s H2Oath Water War, earning a $5,000 scholarship to the department or program most closely related to water conservation.

SALT LAKE CITY — Despite stiff competition, Weber State University was able to turn the tide and eke out a win in this year’s H2Oath Water War, earning a $5,000 scholarship to the department or program most closely related to water conservation.

The competition, which wrapped up Friday, pitted Utah’s colleges and universities against each other to see which school could acquire the most pledges from students, faculty, alumni and fans to take a water-wise pledge.

Comment on this story

WSU got off to a strong start, at one point leading by 200 pledges. Utah State University fought back to gain the lead, then extended it with an additional 400 pledges in a week. At the finish line, WSU worked some wildcat magic to pull off the win, beating USU by 32 pledges (and the other schools by hundreds).

The pledge can be taken at water.utah.gov/H2Oath year-round, and the Utah Division of Water Resources, which sponsored the contest, encourages people to participate at any time. Commitments include watering no more than what the division's watering guide recommends and several other practical commitments.