Fix a Leak

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Information about Fix a Leak Week and Fix a Leak Family 5K

Fix a Leak Family 5Kchasing-leaks-logo-big_111015

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. 

Scroll down for more info about the 2019 Fix a Leak Family 5K that happened on May 11th as part of Rivanna RiverFest!


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. 

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 percent 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 CLICK HERE.



Fix a Leak Name Logo 300

This year's Fix a Leak Family 5K will be a little different that previous years! It will be held on May 11th during the Rivanna Riverfest and it will be a park to park race from Riverview Park to Darden Towe Park!

 Thank you for participating in the 2019 Fix a Leak Family 5K!

runners starting at the Fix a Leak Family 5K

 2019 Fix a Leak Family 5K RESULTS: CLICK HERE

First Place Male Adult: Joey Villa- 20:47 (and the Running Toilet Award)
First Place Female Adult: Emily Doyle- 22:23
First Place Male Youth: Conner Jeffries- 21:44
First Place Female Youth: Ruby Fordhann- 25:18

Check our Facebook Page for race & event photos:

Event Photos: Click Here

Race Photos: Click Here

Join us on Saturday, May 11th for the 2019 Fix a Leak Family 5K part of the Rivanna RiverFest! 

The race begins at 10:00 AM!

Adult Registration Price: $20 Youth Registration Price: $15 (Age 16 or younger)

This family-friendly event is part of the Rivanna RiverFest, which brings awareness and attention to our river as a means of recreation and conservation. Information on tackling water leaks in your home, as well as general water conservation tips, resources, and rebates, will be featured at the race as part of the City’s Water Conservation’s Program, the City's Parks & Recreation Department, Albemarle County Service Authority, and Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority to support a sustainable water supply.

Course: The Fix a Leak 5K begins at 10:00 AM at Riverview Park. The course goes along the Riverview Park Trail and along the Rivanna River Trail to Darden Towe Park. Throughout the course, participants will enjoy scenic mountain views. The final leg of the race ends by the boat ramp at Darden Towe park making it easy for family members and friends to cheer on their fellow runners as they finish the race. Please note that the start and end of this race are at different locations. Bus transportation will be provided to the race start location (see further information below). CLICK HERE TO SEE THE COURSE MAP

There will be signs to guide you along the way and volunteers throughout the course and around turns, but please use caution during the race. The course utilizes the paved trail along the Rivanna River; however, it might be muddy due to the weather. Please wear proper shoes.

Packet Pick Up: Race packet pick-up will be available beginning at 8:00 AM on the day of the event (Saturday May 11th) at Darden Towe Park by the Picnic Shelters. We advise that you arrive at the event by 8:30 AM to allow for plenty of time to pick up your packet and properly prepare for the event.

Parking & Transportation: The primary location for this event is at Darden Towe Park. All participants should go (and park) to Darden Towe Park to check-in for the race. Buses will be provided to all participants for transportation to the starting location at Riverview Park. There is VERY limited parking at Riverview Park, and parking at this location is strongly discouraged. There will be NO check-in available at Riverview Park. Parking attendants will be available at Darden Towe Park. Click here for a map of Darden Towe Park and location of events.

Spectators & General Public: All spectators for the Fix a Leak Family 5K should park at Darden Towe Park. If you have family and friends that want to see your start at Riverview, they will be allowed to take the bus from Darden Towe Park to Riverview Park and back. Please note, this transportation between parks will end at 10:30 am at Riverview Park. To see the finish, spectators are encouraged to go to the boat launch at Darden Towe Park where there will be community tables and activities as well as the finish line for the Fix a Leak Family 5K. Community tables & activities start at 10:00 am at the Boat Launch at Darden Towe Park.

Awards: The Fix a Leak 5K will feature a running toilet (literally!). The first two participants who catches 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: Event 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 Darden Towe Park Boat Launch Area during the event.

Additional Rivanna Riverfest EventsThere will be various events occurring throughout the day as part of Rivanna RiverFest. Please check the main event website for details.

Interested in helping to VOLUNTEER at Rivanna RiverFest? You can get a FREE T-SHIRT & sign up for a shift you'd like to do! SIGN UP HERE

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.

Fix a Leak Org Logos 300


Past Fix a Leak Family 5K Events

2018 Fix a Leak Family 5K Logo March 17th 2018

2018: March 17th at Pen Park 

For 2018 Race Results: Click Here

For 2018 Event Photos: Click Here

For 2018 Runner Photos: Click Here

2017: March 26th at Pen Park

For 2017 Race Results- CLICK HERE

For 2017 Race Photos- CLICK HERE

2016: March 20th - Cancelled due to weather 

2015: March 22nd at Pen Park

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

2014: in March at Pen Park

2013: in March at Pen Park


Direct Link to Page:

Pictures from Past Fix a Leak Events

2015 Fix A Leak Family 5K Flo and Friend2015 Fix A Leak Family 5K start of the race 2015 Fix a Leak Family 5K Flo with some runnersMother and child with Flo the EPA WaterSense mascot at 2013 Fix A Leak Family 5K

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