Fix a Leak
Fix a Leak Week is a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense program, which seeks to inform the public on how to identify and fix leaks. By making fixes, Americans put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water being wasted from household leaks each year. Fix a Leak Week occurs in March each year. The Charlottesville Water Conservation Program promotes the Fix a Leak Week and campaign each year with various events and outreach.
March is fix a leak month!
In 2021, we celebrated Fix a Leak Month with the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County Service Authority (ACSA), and Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority by hosting several "events" to help encourage our community to save water and FIX A LEAK! Fix a Leak Month may be over, but these resources are still available and important to check out so you find and fix those leaks!
2021 Fix a Leak Events
Home Scavenger Hunt
Celebrate Fix a Leak Month in your home by completing the Home Scavenger Hunt. You will get to know your water fixtures and make sure that none are leaking!
- Home Scavenger Hunt Worksheet and 10 Minute Challenge Checklist (PDF)
- Take the WaterSense 10-Minute Leak Challenge (PDF)
- Home Scavenger Hunt Prize Winners:
- Donne Conley, Albemarle County
- Erin Wise-Ackenbom, City of Charlottesville
- Cara Hail, Albemarle County
River Scavenger Hunt
Celebrate Fix a Leak Month outside along the Rivanna River. Find water and leak related signs along the Rivanna River Trail that will help you fill in important missing information on your scavenger hunt sheet. Although the scavenger hunt is done, you can still check out our Virtual Rivanna River Walk and check out all the signs we had up during Fix a Leak Month!
- River Scavenger Hunt Worksheet (PDF)
- Virtual Rivanna River Walk where you can experience the Rivanna River and see all the water and leak related signs (LINK)
- March is fix a leak month!River Scavenger Hunt Prize Winners:
- Kirsten Stearns, Albemarle County
- June Coleman, City of Charlottesville
- Bear Katz, Albemarle County
- Miles Coe, City of Charlottesville
Virtual Fix a Leak Family 5K
You can't have Fix a Leak Month without a running toilet! Our virtual 5K is over, but you can still check out some great routes along the Rivanna River to run on your own in preparation for 2022!
- Virtual Fix a Leak Family 5K Race Packet (PDF)
- Suggested 5K Routes from Past Fix a Leak Family 5K Races (PDF)
- 2021 Virtual Fix a Leak Family 5K Results (LINK)
- Virtual Fix a Leak Family 5K Prize Winners:
- 1st Place Male Runner: David Keppel, Albemarle County
- 1st Place Female Runner: Megan Ridgway, Albemarle County
- Ariel Heisel, Albemarle County
Huge thank you to everyone that participated in the 2021 Fix a Leak Month Events! We were excited to still bring everyone together around finding and fixing leaks in their home while staying distant and safe. We selected 10 winners for Fix a Leak Month to receive a $25 gift card to the Downtown Mall. All winners have been notified. We can't wait for Fix a Leak 2022, and in the mean time don't forget to FIX A LEAK!
If you have any photos of you completing a scavenger hunt or running the 5K, please share them with us! Fill out this form and we will tell you how to send us the photos.
Fix a Leak Tips
To help save water for future generations, we are asking consumers to check, twist, and replace:
- Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring or use a dye tab from the free conservation kits offered at the Utility Billing Office into the tank, waiting 10 minutes, and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too.
- Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections. To save water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.
- Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models. These models are independently certified to use 20% less water and perform as well as or better than standard models. WaterSense showerheads and faucet aerators are available for free for City residents at the Utility Billing Office in City Hall.
For more information on how to find and fix leaks in your home go to our Programs & Resource Page.