Fix a Leak

Fix a Leak Week

Fix a Leak Week is a national campaign help by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 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.

Be a leak detectiveWater Saving 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


Fix A Leak Family 5K is a fun family event at the end of Fix-A-Leak Week, a national Environmental Protection Agency campaign. The event focuses on tackling water leaks in your home and other water conservation tips, resources, and rebates. Typically this event has been help during Fix a Leak Week, but recently it has been moved to coincide with the Rivanna Riverfest.  

WaterSense's We're Chasing Leaks for Fix a Leak Week Logo

Update on 2020 Rivanna RiverFest & Fix a Leak Family 5K: Canceled

With deference to guidance from public health officials, and in the spirit of supporting the health of our Rivanna watershed community, we are canceling this year’s Rivanna RiverFest, scheduled for May 3rd. The associated Fix a Leak Family 5K and Rivanna River Race are also canceled. Plans for the 2021 RiverFest and races are already under way.

While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to celebrate the Rivanna River at RiverFest with you this spring, we are more thankful than ever to have this amazing resource in our backyards. During this time of great uncertainty, we appreciate the many health benefits that being outside and near the water brings. If you are able to get out safely to one of our local river trails or parks, we hope that you will enjoy them too.

Read about the Rivanna RiverFest Event on their Website

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