ROCHESTER — Volunteers from the Rochester Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #6 are ready to improve the quality of life of low-income seniors and disabled homeowners across southeast Minnesota.
Local #6 started Water’s Off in 1994, along with unions from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Mankato. The program is back this year after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic, and Local #6 is prepared to help up to 12 families.
Water’s Off began as a response to research that showed homeowners with the most expensive water bills were also the homeowners who could least afford their bills. Volunteer plumbers, pipefitters and contractors perform maintenance and repair at no cost to the homeowner.Also ReadCommunityPond Skip returns to Welch Village Hundreds gathered at the ski area in Goodhue County to witness costumed skiers and snowboarders attempt to clear the pond.March 19, 2022 04:50 PM ·ByAbby Sharpe NewsMD‘It’s like a rite of passage for everybody’: Match Day determines residency for Mayo Clinic med students Med students gathered at Mayo Civic Center on Friday to learn where they will complete residency.March 19, 2022 11:09 AM ·ByAbby Sharpe LocalMorning Headlines: Four Rochester women who stand out Subscribe and listen to the Post Bulletin Minute at postbulletin.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts.March 18, 2022 07:06 AM ·ByAbby Sharpe
The Rochester union partners with Three Rivers Community Action to develop a list of homeowners who qualify for these repairs.
On the surface, this program provides repairs that lower the cost of water for homeowners and reiterates the importance of conserving water. But the volunteers are doing more than fixing a leaky faucet.
“What we see the most is elderly people, their bathtub doesn’t drain, and we’ve seen them shower in their sink,” said Jeremy Andrist,the business manager of Local #6. “Or their toilets don’t work.”
“The water conservation is important, but it’s just their quality of life,” said Brianna Hofschulte, who works at Local #6.
Volunteers also check smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and the like to ensure everything is operating properly at the home.
Water’s Off is on Saturday, March 26, 2022.