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

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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. 


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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.


This year's Fix a Leak Family 5K will be continuing the trend from last year and be part of Rivanna RiverFest. This year's events will all be based out of Rivanna River Company!

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Join us on Sunday, May 3rd for the 2020 Fix a Leak Family 5K part of the Rivanna RiverFest! 

The race begins at 10:00 AM!

All Rivanna RiverFest Events including the Fix a Leak Family 5K will be based out of Rivanna River Company!

More information coming soon!

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.

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.

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.

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Past Fix a Leak Family 5K Events

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 2019: May 11th at Darden Towe Park

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

For All of 2019 Fix a Leak Family 5K Race Results

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2018: March 17th at Pen Park 

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2017: March 26th at Pen Park

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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


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Pictures from Past Fix a Leak Events

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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