• A stator in the third powerhouse at Grand Coulee.
  • The penstocks above the water at Hoover Dam
  • The top of Shasta Dam in California
  • An automated gate structure on a canal in Washington.
  • An aerial photo of the sunsetting at Ruedi Reservoir in Colorado.

RECLAMATION MASCOT TO CHASE DOWN WATER WASTERS IN "FIX A LEAK WEEK" RACE IN PEORIA, ARIZONA

Where can you join a running toilet, a water drop, and a otter all at the same event? At Central Arizona's Fix A Leak 4-Mile Race and Family Festival on March 9, 2013. The Bureau of Reclamation joins several other local water management agencies, municipal utilities, and educational institutions in sponsoring the event each year, reminding Arizonans to annually check their plumbing fixtures and irrgation systems for water wasting leaks.

The event will be held at Rio Vista Park, 8866 West Thunderbird Road in Peoria, Ariz. The day starts at 7:00 a.m. with a 4-mile race with a Family Fun Festival following until 11:00 a.m. The race is an officially sanctioned and timed race, followed by a mascot race in which our own 'Otto Otter' will be participating.

There will be food. music, and prizes for the racers. For the kids, there are bounce houses, the mascot race, and a coloring station.

"Fix a Leak Week"

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ongoing We're for Water campaign, this year's Fix a Leak Week encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year. The official week is celebrated from March 18-24 this year, but the "One for Water" 4-mile race and festival kick-off the commemorative event in central Arizona on March 9.

"Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year - enough water to wash nearly 10 months' worth of laundry," said Leeann Spahos, Central Arizona Fix A Leak Week spokesperson. "As a WaterSense partner, we are encouraging consumers to find and fix leaks to save water in our community."

Contact Reclamation Water Conservation Coordinator Lynne Fisher at 623-773-6273 or lfisher@usbr.gov for more information about the week's activities and race.

Released: February 21, 2013