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Free fix-a-leak workshop is Wednesday

By June 3, 2011

Local residents can learn how to save water at a free fix-a-leak workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Woodland Community and Senior Center, 2001 East St. in Woodland.

The workshop will include an overview of water conservation assistance and metered water data in Woodland, the screening of a DVD from the American Water Works Association titled “Detecting and Silencing Leaks,” and a panel of local plumbers demonstrating and discussing repairs of common household leaks.

Participants will include Chris Reynolds from Halls Plumbing in Woodland, Ryan Leishman from Irrigation Supply Co. of Woodland and Todd Fulton of Syntrol Plumbing, a certified “green plumber.”

The plumbing panel will discuss and demonstrate the repair of common household leaks. Indoor repairs covered will include toilet fill valves, shower stems, angle stops, under-sink pea traps and leaky gate valves. Outdoor repairs will include hose bib leaks, spinklers and irrigation system valves. Irrigation clock basics also will be covered.

By repairing minor household leaks, residents can save water and potentially lower their water bills, a city of Woodland news release said. On average, leaks account for 11,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year, which can be enough to fill a backyard swimming pool.

Common types of leaks found in and around the home include worn-out toilet flappers, dripping faucets and leaking garden hoses, sprinklers and other valves. Homeowners billed for metered water use often can save more than 10 percent on their water bills by fixing easily corrected household water leaks, the news release said.

No registration is necessary. For more information on the workshop or on general water conservation issues, call the city’s water conservation coordinator at (530) 661-2067 or visit http://www.cityofwoodland.org/waterconservation.

Enterprise staff

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