'Water's Off 2017' Means Plumbing's On for Seniors and Low-Income Families

'Water's Off 2017' Means Plumbing's On for Seniors and Low-Income Families Photo: KSTP/File

March 25, 2017 01:52 PM

On Saturday, more than 130 volunteer union plumbers in the Twin Cities will provide free plumbing repairs and inspections for senior, low-income and disabled homeowners. 

The Water's Off community service program was created to repair minor plumbing problems by replacing or fixing fixtures which helps reduce water usage and lower costs for families in need.  


Thomas McCarthy, a business manager for the Minneapolis Plumbers Local 15, said that on average 130 volunteers are participating and about 100 homes are serviced throughout the state on Water's Off day. That adds up to an estimated $62,000 donated, including equipment and labor.

"This is our chance to give back to families who need our assistance," McCarthy said. "There is also an opportunity to teach the homeowner the importance of conserving water." 

McCarthy said union contractors from the Minnesota Mechanical Contractors and the Metro Plumbing and Heating Cooling Contractors Associations provide the use of their vehicles, gas, tools and parts. 

"There is absolutely no cost to homeowners," McCarthy said. "This event has been running since about 1994 and we have expanded throughout a good portion of the state." 

Water's Off 2017 connected volunteers and homeowners in the Twin Cities, Rochester and Mankato. 


Cleo Greene

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