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Water Conservation Events and Campaigns In and Around Charlottesville

News & Events 

Imagine a Day without Water:

"Why Does Every Drop Count" Art Contest: Accepting entries September 12th - October 16th: Click Here for Details
Imagine a Day without Water Event: 11am - 1pm, October 11th on the Downtown Mall: Click Here for Details

 Rockin the Rivanna: 10:30am - 3:00pm, September 30th at Darden Towe and Riverview Park

UVA Fall Sustainability Festival: October 31st at UVA Hospital

2017 Annual Water Quality Report is Available: Click Here

Teachers: Request to have Water Conservation come teach your kids the importance of water conservation and where their water comes from.
Contact: waterconservation@charlottesville.org





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For 2017 Race Results- CLICK HERE

For 2017 Race Photos- CLICK HERE

Please Give Us Feedback- CLICK HERE

This family-friendly event will wrap up Fix-a-Leak Week, a national campaign by the Environmental Protection Agency. Information on tackling water leaks in your home, as well as general water conservation
 tips, resources, and rebates, will be featured at the race.
Course: The Fix-A-Leak 5K begins at 10:00AM at Pen Park. The course passes through the Pen Park Nature Tail and winds along the Rivanna River. Throughout the course, participants will enjoy scenic mountain views. The final leg of the race loops around the Pen Park playground, making it easy for family members and friends to cheer on their fellow runners as they finish the race. There will be signs to guide you along the way and volunteers to facilitate the crossing across Pen Park Road & around turns, but please use caution during the race. The section of the course that runs parallel along the Rivanna River might be muddy due to the weather. Please wear proper shoes. Click Here for the race course!
Packet Pick Up: Race packet pick-up will be available beginning at 9:00AM on the day of the event (Sunday March 26th). We advise that you arrive at the event by 9:30AM to allow for plenty of time to pick up your packet and properly prepare for the event.
Awards: The Fix-A-Leak 5K will feature a running toilet (literally!). The first two participants who catch the running toilet and grabs a tag from the running toilet will each receive a special prize at the end of the race for helping to "catch the leak". Special awards will also be given to the overall male and female finishers in the adult and youth categories.
Additional features: Technical race t-shirts, water conservation goodie bag, and light snacks are included in the event registration. Participants also have the opportunity to win raffle prizes during the award ceremony. Family activities, including face painting, balloon animals, and music, will be available at Pen Park during the event.
Registration Fees: REGISTER HERE
  City Residents                                 Non-City Residents

       Adult: $10                                          Adult: $15
       Youth (under 18): $7                        Youth (under 18): $12
Registration fee includes a technical race t-shirt. However, t-shirt sizes are not guaranteed to participants that register after March 17th, 2017.  The 2017 t-shirt design is featured at the top of this webpage. Online registration will close at 5:00PM on Saturday, March 25th! On race-day registration will be available and cash, check, or credit card will be accepted.


Please note: this event will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, the race may be delayed or canceled. Severe weather includes tornadoes, torrential rainfall, thunder, lightning, and thick snowfall. Updates will be sent to runners about cancellation. If the race is canceled, vouchers will be provided for when the race is rescheduled in the future.

If you have any additional questions or comments, please send them to the City of Charlottesville's Water Conservation Program Coordinator: waterconservation@charlottesville.org or call- (434) 970-3877


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 Charlottesville Water Conservation Newsletter

Interested in getting monthly updates from the Charlottesville Water Conservation Program? Join our newsletter and find out about all the upcoming events, news, and water saving tips and resources! Please email us for details: waterconservation@charlottesville.org

Past Water Conservation Events:


Virginia Discovery Museum's Kid*vention: February 18th: Charlottesville's Green City Program will be there with lots of info on how to be in GREEN in Cville including how to save water!

Tom Tom Founders Festival: April 15th

UVA Earth Week Expo: April 18th- Newcomb Hall

UVA Earth Day Water Conservation Table: April 21st- UVA Lawn

EcoFair: April 23rd at the Pavilion

Drinking Water Week: May 7th - 13th- May 10th: Learn about your drinking water with RWSA at Ivy Creek Natural Area

August 5th: Westhaven Community Day- 10am-1pm at 803 Hardy Drive

September 16th: Belmont Bash- 2-6pm at Bemont Park


Kid*VentionSaturday, February 20th @ 10am - 3pm, Key Recreation Center at the East End of Downtown Mall

World Water Day: March 22nd At University of Virginia, Clark Hall: 10am - 2pm, http://uvaworldwater.org/about/

Blue Ridge Home Builders Association Home Show: April 3rd, 10:00am - 2:00pm, John Paul Jones Arena

UVA Sustainability Advocates Water Awareness Day: April 4th, 10:00am - 2:00pm, South Lawn at UVA

Fifth Season Spring Gardening Expo: April 9th, 10:00am - 6:00pm, Fifth Season Gardening & Co, 900 Preston Ave

Water Conservation's Earth Day Celebration: April 22nd, Downtown Mall

Charlottesville Earth Week- Eco Fair: April 24th, 11:00am - 5:00pm, Downtown mall & Pavilion

Celebrate Your Drinking Water Supply: May 5th, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Ragged Mountain Reservior
                 Part of Drinking Water Week May 1st - 7th, 2016: Your Water- to know it is to love it

Westhaven Community Day: August 6th, 2016 10am - 1pm
                Music, Food, Dancing, Community Info Fair, Games, Dunking booth, Awards, Sports Physicals and more!

Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest: Runs from September 16th - October 14th

Imagine a Day without Water: September 16th at the Downtown Mall at Central Place Plaza, Time- 11am - 1pm
We will have a fun event to kick off our 2nd Annual Imagine a Day without Water Campaign & Art Contest: Click Here for More Details

September 17th: Belmont Bash at Belmont Park, 2pm - 6pm

October 2nd: Bike Walk Play! at JPA Neighborhood  

October 16th: Fry's Spring Annual Oktoberfest at Fry's Spring Beach Club, 3pm - 5pm

November 29th: Imagine a Day without Water Awards Ceremony at Albemarle Country Service Authority, 5:30pm - 6:30pm


Imagine a Day without Water: October 6th - 8th and Art Contest 

City Services Fair: October 23rd 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in front of City Hall on the Downtown Mall

Fry's Spring Oktoberfest: October 25th 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Fry's Spring Beach club

Belmont Bash: October 3rd, 1pm - 5pm at Belmont Park

WVPT Kid's Book Festival: September 26th 11 am - 2 pm, JPJ Arena

17th Annual Westhaven Community Day: August 1st 10 am - 1 pm 

EcoFair: April 26nd, 2015 11am - 5pm at Main Street Arena

Kid*Vention: Saturday, February 21st, 2015 @ 10am - 3pm
Key Recreation Center at the East End of Downtown Mall

Fix A Leak Family 5Kchasing-leaks-logo

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.

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 2016: March 20th 

We regret to inform you that we will be officially CANCELLING the Fix A Leak Family 5K scheduled for Sunday, March 20th due to the forecasted inclement weather. In addition we will NOT be rescheduling the Fix A Leak Family 5K for 2016.

All registered participants have the option to be reimbursed for their registration fee, receive free registration f or Fix A Leak 2017, or defer reimbursement. Please contact waterconservation@charlottesville.org if you registered for the race and have not received information on reimbursement.

In addition race t-shirts and water conservation Fix A Leak bags will be available for preregistered participants to pick up starting Monday, March 28th through April 8th. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at waterconservation@charlottesville.org.

2015: 10am March 22nd at Pen ParkLogo for the Fix A Leak Family 5K Run for 2015

     2015 Race Winners:
        First Place Male: Michael Silvay- 20:39
        First Place Female: Emily Elias- 24:45
        First Place Youth Male: Matthew Thompson- 33:05
        First Place Youth Female: Mia Tyree- 39:39
    Full Race Results

2015 Fix A Leak Family 5K start of the race

 2015 Fix a Leak Family 5K Flo with some runners 2015 Fix A Leak Family 5K Flo and Friend

 For more 2015 Fix A Leak Family 5K race photos, got to our Water Conservation Facebook Page!

2014 & 2013

Group of runners in the 2013 Fix A Leak 5k The running toilet in the 2013 Fix A Leak 5K

Mother and child with Flo the EPA WaterSense mascot at 2013 Fix A Leak Family 5K



National Mayor's Challenge For Water Conservation: www.mywaterpledge.com

April 1st - 30th, 2017- Results coming soon! 

April 1st - 30th, 2016- 3rd Place!

The City of Charlottesville is once again joining other cities across the country in asking our residents to take part in the national Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Mayor Signer has signed Charlottesville up for this challenge, and encourages Charlottesville residents to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution on behalf of the City of Charlottesville and pledge their commitment at www.mywaterpledge.com throughout the month of April.

April 1 - 30th, 2015 - 10th Place!
In 2015, over 3,900 cities in all 50 U.S. states participated contributing more than 391,325 pledges online. The nation pledged to reduce the use of more than 1.5 billion gallons of freshwater.
The City of Charlottesville ranked in the top 10 out of cities populated between 30,000 and 99,999 people for 2015. Charlottesville made over 1854 water saving pledges committing to reduce water use by 7,228,617 gallons of water this year, which is enough water to fill 11 olympic-sized swimming pools. In addition we will use 22,044 fewer single-use plastic bottles, our landfills will be 230,784 pounds less, 35,897,094 pounds of CO2 will be mitigated, and Charlottesville consumers will save $171,844 from their water saving changes!

April 1 - 30th, 2014 - 3rd Place!
Charlottesville ranked 3rd out of cities populated between 30,000 and 99,999 people for 2014

Over 3,600 cities in all 50 U.S. states participated in the 2014 Mayor's Challenge, and together we pledged to reduce our annual consumption of freshwater by 1.4 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 36 million pounds, and prevent more than 179,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds.

The Wyland Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1 - 30, is a non-profit national community service campaign. To find out more about the Wyland Foundation visit their website: www.wylandfoundation.org


Archived News


The City of Charlottesville and Water Conservation Program are happy to announce that they have been recognized as a 2015 WaterSense Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The City of Charlottesville was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference on October 8th, 2015 for making a difference every day through water efficiency innovation and WaterSense promotion in 2014. 
To read the full press release by the City of Charlottesville Click Here
You can read about all the 2015 WaterSense Award Winners and more information about the WaterSense program here.WaterSense Partner of the Year Award Acceptance 2015

Ellen Gilinsky, EPA Office of Water Senior Policy Advisor, giving Jill Greiner, City of Charlottesville's Water Conservation Program Coordinator, the 2015 WaterSense Promotional Partner of the Year Award on October 8th, 2015 at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference.