Local plumbers donate time on March 31

Forest Lake residents Chris Theisen from Minneapolis Plumbers Local 15 and Mike Devine and Dean Gale from St. Paul Plumbers Local 34 along with 147 other union volunteer plumbers around the state repaired plumbing problems for 110 low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners during Project Water’s Off on Saturday, March 31 at an estimated value of $73,500. Area contractors Metropolitan Mechanical and Centraire, Inc. provided parts, tools and trucks. Each year hundreds of union volunteer plumbers and contractors from the Minnesota Mechanical Contractors Association and the Metro Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association help needy homeowners reduce their water bills by fixing leaky fixtures. The free service, which includes all parts and labor, is available to homeowners who qualify through their local Community Action Programs. Water’s Off started in the Twin Cities in 1994 and is now a national volunteer program. Minnesota holds the largest Water’s Off in the nation with support from Minneapolis/St. Cloud Plumbers Local 15 and St. Paul/Mankato Plumbers Local 34, and Rochester Plumbers Local 6.