(ATLANTA— March 10, 2021) – It’s springtime, and the Water Drop Dash 5K is back. This year’s event takes place Saturday, March 20, 2021 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) in Roswell and celebrates national Fix a Leak Week (March 15-21), which reminds homeowners to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems to save both water and money.
This year’s 5K race will feature two great ways to participate. The first is a challenging trail run with multiple start waves on CNC’s campus. Same race day, same great race organization, same great t-shirts, and all COVID safety protocols will be in place. Space for the in-person race is limited, so register soon. Participants also have the option to participate virtually, any time during Fix a Leak Week and at a location of their own choosing.
Runners will participate through Run Sign Up, which will track their distance and time. Race organizers will mail medals to the first, second and third place male and female runners in their age groups ranging from 11-14 to 70+.
Those not inclined to run can still get a signature t-shirt by signing up as a “Ghost Runner.” You’ll get your shirt in the mail and will have shown your support for conserving water in our region. This year’s T-Shirt Design Contest winner was Jasmine Patrick of Rockdale County.
The Kids Fun Run will be held virtually only this year, and sadly there will be no Water Festival following the event. Instead, the first 100 households will receive swag bags with water conservation items. Both the Kids Fun Run and the Water Festival are expected to return in person in 2022!
The Water Drop Dash 5K is designed to raise awareness about the importance of finding and fixing leaks around the home. Visit EPA’s Fix a Leak Week page for more information on checking for leaks in your home.
About Fix a Leak Week: March 15-21
Sponsored by the EPA’s WaterSense® program, the week-long education event encourages residents across the country to do their part to put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water lost every year from leaks in the home.
Fix a Leak Week encourages everyone to check for leaks both inside and outside the home. Leaks commonly result from worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. They are easily fixed, and can save homeowners up to 10 percent on their water bills.
The 10 Minute Challenge provides simple measures to crack down on leaks: understanding your water utility bill so you notice spikes in water use, finding and learning how to read your water meter, and testing your toilet — households’ most common leak culprit.
For more tips on how to conserve water, visit www.mydropcounts.org.
For more information or to register for the Water Drop Dash 5K, visit www.waterdropdash.com.
During Fix a Leak Week, check in with the Metro Water District’s Twitter feed for more water and money-saving tips!
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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 resource plans for local governments in the 15-county Atlanta region, which includes Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties. These plans protect water quality and public water supplies and protects the recreational value of the region’s waterways. The plans also minimize potential adverse impacts of development on waters within the region as well as downstream.
Learn more at www.northgeorgiawater.org.
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people simple ways to use less water. For more information on WaterSense, and for a full list of WaterSense labeled products and WaterSense irrigation and builder partners, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.