Plumbers' annual 'Water's Off' community service day helps 115 homeowners with plumbing repairs

Saturday, April 6 was a day of community service for 141 volunteers from Minneapolis Plumbers Local 15, St. Paul Plumbers Local 34 and Rochester Plumbers Local 6. Altogether, the Plumbers’ annual “The Water’s Off” day of service fixed plumbing problems for 115 elderly, disabled, and low-income homeowners.

The “Water’s Off” service day each year fixes homeowners’ leaks in order to reduce water consumption and water bills while at the same time bringing awareness to the general public about the importance of keeping a home’s plumbing in good repair.

“Water’s Off” is cooperative effort between the unions donating more than 700 man-hours and their contractors. The Minnesota Mechanical Contractors Association and the Metro Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association donated materials, tools, and vehicles for a combined value of well over $70,000.

“Water’s Off” started in the Twin Cities in 1994 and is now a national volunteer program. Minnesota organizes the largest “Water’s Off” program in the nation. The free service is available to homeowners who qualify through their local Community Action Programs.

“Our plumbers have always been committed to our community because they know that by helping the needy they improve the quality of life for everyone,” said Rick Eilers, business manager for Plumbers Local 15.

Governor Mark Dayton took part in a kick-off breakfast for the volunteer union plumbers at the Roseville Radisson Hotel and donned a “Water’s Off” cap.