(ATLANTA – February 25, 2022) The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) invites you to join us in chasing down household leaks by participating in the annual Water Drop Dash 5K and Fun Run. This year’s race will mark ten years since the event began in 2013.
The Water Drop Dash serves as a closing event for the annual week-long mobilization effort, Fix a Leak Week. Fix a Leak Week is an event hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program to inspire water conservation efforts at home and beyond. The EPA estimates that household leaks can waste nearly 10,000 gallons of water per year per home. For the 11 million homes in the U.S., that equals 1 trillion gallons wasted from leaks.
Cities and water utilities across the country participate in Fix a Leak Week by sponsoring events, tutorials, and interactive sessions to inspire residents to fix leaks inside and outside of their homes.
The Metro Water District and the Chattahoochee Nature Center partner together each year to make the Water Drop Dash a fun and family-friendly way to learn about the importance of water conservation to our region. The event is wildly popular: since its inception, the Water Drop Dash has welcomed over 1,000 runners who have collectively run a total of over 15,000 miles along the banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee River.
“EPA’s WaterSense program is so grateful to the Metro Water District and its partners for organizing this annual event that helps raise awareness about Fix a Leak Week.” said Veronica Blette, Chief of the WaterSense Branch at the EPA Office of Wastewater Management. “It’s been 10 years of racing to the finish line, enjoying the outdoors, and (most importantly to us) learning how to find and fix water leaks that waste millions of gallons of water every year. We look forward to having the event and for our collaboration with the District continue for another 10 years!”
Runners will have the option to participate virtually or in-person. The 10th Annual Water Drop Dash is scheduled for March 19 at 8am and will be held at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. In celebration of 10 years, the Water Drop Dash will feature a virtual 10K this year only! Participants will receive a commemorative enamel pin. Registration is open online, or in-person at Big Peach Running Co. in Marietta through March 18 at 6pm or any other Big Peach Running Co. location through March 16 at 6pm.
About the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District)
The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is dedicated to developing comprehensive regional and watershed-specific water resources plans to be implemented by local governments in the 15-county metro Atlanta region, which includes Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties. These plans conserve public water supplies, protect water quality and recreational value of the waters and minimize potential adverse impacts of development on waters in and downstream of the region. Learn more at www.northgeorgiawater.org.