SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Did you know that household leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in the United States? That’s enough water to take 24 billion baths or fill up 40 million swimming pools!

That little drip from the kitchen faucet might not seem like much, but it can add up to a lot of water wasted. A faucet leaking just 10 drips per minute can waste up to 526 gallons of water a year. And a toilet that is constantly running can waste hundreds of gallons of water each day. In fact, the average American household loses 10,000 gallons a year to leaks – more than enough water to fill a backyard swimming pool.

So get ready to be a leak detective and discover the hidden leaks in your home. Here's what you need to do:

  • Examine your water bill for clues. If you see an unusual spike in your water usage from one month to next, it’s likely you have a leak.
  • Check all your faucets and showerheads for leaks and loose connections.
  • Look under your kitchen and bathroom sinks for pools of water and rusty pipes.
  • Patrol your yard and be on the look out for soggy spots.
  • Open toilet tank and check the water level it should be ½” to 1” below the over-fill tube. If it is higher, then adjust the float arm to lower the water level. If that is okay, add some drops of food coloring or a toilet dye tab to the tank of your toilet. If the colored water appears in the bowl within 15 minutes, you have a leak in the toilet flapper.
  • If you want some help in sleuthing out leaks, set up a Water Wise House Call. One of Sacramento Suburban Water District’s water conservation professionals will do a complete survey of your home and recommend other ways you can use water efficiently.

And if you are replacing old fixtures or decide to upgrade your toilet, washing machine or dishwasher, make sure to look for a WaterSense- labeled one. SSWD has rebates available to help pay for the cost of some of these upgrades.

SSWD’s Leak Detection Team

Each year, SSWD surveys 60 miles of our water system for leaks with the latest acoustic leak detection technology. These devices can “listen” for vibrations from large or small leaks by placing a microphone against a copper service line, fire hydrant or valve. Once the location of the leak is determined, our team gets to work replacing the line or repairing the break.

If you think you see a sign of a leak in your area, such as water bubbling up out of the street or sidewalk, please contact the SSWD administrative office at 916.972.7171 to let us know, and we’ll have a team out there right away to investigate.

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United Way Launches Read to Succeed Campaign

By Kate Towson  |  2018-03-09

Students from the Robla School District receive book donations from United Way. Photo courtesy United Way

Community Members Encouraged to Donate Books and Volunteer to Install Little Librarie

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - In celebration of National Literacy Month, United Way is launching the Read to Succeed campaign which promotes literacy in students and families in the Sacramento community. During the month of March, community members are encouraged to participate in the campaign by donating books, volunteering and sponsoring the installation of eight Little Libraries that will be placed in four Sacramento school districts. The Read to Succeed campaign is part of United Way’s Square One Project, a 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of local students who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond.

 “We know that when children in our schools are reading at grade level, they are four times more likely to graduate from high school,” said Stephanie Bray, United Way California Capital Region president and CEO. “Read to Succeed focuses on literacy because it directly impacts a child’s ability to reach their full potential. When we are able to encourage children to begin reading from an early age, we are laying a foundation for a lifetime of success.”

Community members who are interested in supporting literacy can donate to the Read to Succeed Virtual Book Drive, sponsor a Little Library, or volunteer to install the libraries. For more information visit:

“It’s never too early to help a child start reading,” Bray said. “And with the help of our community, we can truly make a difference in the lives of children.”

The Read to Succeed campaign is part of United Way California Capital Region’s Square One Project, a 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of local students who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. Through nine decades of work and research across Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties, United Way believes ending poverty starts in school and is working to ensure kids meet important milestones for success in college or career. To donate or volunteer:

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Attention Anglers! Hook a Trophy Trout at Rancho Seco

By SMUD  |  2018-03-09

SMUD’s Annual Trout Derby is March 17 and 18

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Thousands of pounds of trout are up for grabs at SMUD’s annual trout derby at Rancho Seco Recreational Area. Anglers reeling in the heaviest catches will win cash and prizes, including an adult and youth grand prize awarded each day for the heaviest trout caught.

Adult grand prizes: Aluminum boat, trailer and electric motor packages

Youth grand prizes: Fishing kayaks

Grand prizes are provided by Elk Grove Ram, Angler’s Press and The Fish Sniffer magazine. The fishing event has become a tradition for many and has attracted thousands of local participants since it began in 1993.


Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18,

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (rain or shine)


Rancho Seco Recreational Area

14960 Twin Cities Road

Herald, CA 95638

Background: Anglers can cast a line into the 160-acre lake from the shoreline or one of six fishing piers. Small boats with electric motors are also allowed (no gas motors). In addition to trout, the freshwater lake is home to bass, bluegill, red-ear sunfish, crappie and catfish. In preparation for the derby, Rancho Seco Lake was recently stocked with thousands of pounds of catchable trout.

Registration takes place on both days of the derby between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., rain or shine. Derby tickets are $5 per person plus a daily park fee available at the park gate. A valid California state fishing license is required for those 16 years of age or older. Anglers hoping to win a prize must weigh their fish at the official weigh station between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the day of the catch. For complete rules,

The 400-acre Rancho Seco Recreational Area offers more than just fishing. The full-service facility offers picnic areas, RV and tent camping sites, a beach and swimming spots. Kayaks, rowboats, paddleboards and fishing boats are available to rent.

Rancho Seco Recreational Area is 25 miles south of Sacramento, approximately 15 minutes east of Highway 99 on Twin Cities Road. Admission to the park is $12 per car. For more information about the derby or camping, visit call (209) 748-2318.

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Big Day of Service

By Kent Pollock  |  2018-03-08

If You Had $500 and 20 Volunteers, How Would You Improve the Community?

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Answers to that question from Fair Oaks and Orangevale residents will determine what community service projects hundreds of volunteers will pursue during a “Big Day of Service” later this year.

What began as a casual social media chat a few months ago has blossomed into plans for the “Big Day of Service” on May 5, a grass-roots event that organizers hope will benefit both recipients of services and volunteers who will enjoy the satisfaction of personally helping improve their communities.

Preparations are under way for at least 25 teams, each with 10-50 volunteers, to pursue projects that residents of the two communities help identify.

“We hope to unite the community around the idea that we can all make things better by working together,” said County Supervisor Sue Frost, one of the event’s sponsors.

The event has garnered significant financial and in-kind support from Frost, the Community Foundation of Orangevale and Fair Oaks, local residents, businesses, schools, churches and civic organizations.

Event organizers are accepting project ideas through a website ( or email at  

Thus far, possible project ideas range from planting trees to preparing care packages for overseas troops; room makeovers for terminally ill children; repainting fire hydrants; youth groups visiting nursing or memory care home residents; cleaning up litter; distribution of toiletries and other necessities to the homeless; and creating community gardens. 

“There are so many needs and opportunities to improve our community. Imagine what we can accomplish with hundreds of neighbors coming together in service with many families serving together,” said Brad Squires, the community foundation’s chairman. “Communities get better when they serve together. We hope to create a ripple of kindness and a wave of good deeds throughout our community.”

The Big Day of Service will begin Saturday, May 5, with a pancake breakfast and kick-off rally where volunteers can meet others and get together with their teams to receive instructions before leaving to begin their neighborhood projects. At the end of the day, a group celebration is also being planned.

The rally’s location has not yet been determined, but throughout the day it will be the site of a Community Service Fair offering some on-the-spot services along with some on-the-spot opportunities to give back to the community in some way. For example, a family receiving services such as free haircuts, food, clothing or eye exams might want to give blood or write encouragement cards for military families and food bank recipients; or volunteer to work with one of the many local community service organizations represented at the fair.

 “We’re adapting the concept of ‘take what you need, give what you can’ to give those receiving services the opportunity to give back to the community as well,” said Jadie Huegel, the event’s marketing coordinator.

In a few months’ time, the core group of event planners has expanded from a handful to over 30 community leaders and supporters pledging their services.  Attendance at two recent community information meetings bolstered event planners’ hopes of attracting 500 or more volunteers.

“I honestly believe the Big Day of Service will be the largest and most unifying event to ever take place in Fair Oaks and Orangevale,” said Jeff Pitnikoff, who helped envision the event and is the executive director of AboutKidz, a community service organization. “Unity is something that improves and enriches community. Now more than ever before we need to elevate and celebrate the things that unify us.”

For more information: or email:

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California State Old Time Fiddlers to Visit Orangevale

Press Release  |  2018-03-08

The public is invited to attend the Fiddlers Jam and stage performances on Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Orangevale Grange Hall located at 5807 Walnut Avenue near Madison Avenue. Photo courtesy California State Old Time Fiddlers Association District 5. Photo courtesy California State Old Time Fiddlers Association District 5

ORANGEVALE, CA (MPG) - The public is invited to attend the Fiddlers Jam and stage performances on Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Orangevale Grange Hall located at 5807 Walnut Avenue near Madison Avenue.

Free Admission, Refreshments and Parking

The Fiddle Kids go on stage at 2:00 p.m. which is always one of the highlights of the day.

Kids are provided free music lessons on stringed instruments.

For more information call (530) 676-0836 or e-mail

Family Fiddle Fun: Jam Scheduled for Every Second Sunday Monthly

  • 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the grange hall in Orangevale
  • 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. - Board meeting in the cottage
  • 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. - Open mic on stage
  • 1:00 p.m. - Full stage assembly opening with singing God Bless America
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Performers from the sign up board - alternating fiddlers and singers/musicians
  • 2:00 p.m. - Fiddle kids followed by performers from the sign up board
  • 3:00 p.m.- Full stage assembly or featured band as available, followed by on stage round robin jam till closing
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The Rogue Music Project with Pioneer Congregational Church

Press Release  |  2018-03-08

Rogue Music Project

Presents Kevin Doherty & Jennifer Reason in Concert Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Rogue Music Project's Jennifer Reason and Kevin Doherty will present their concert, “Unfinished Business” Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. at the historic Pioneer Congregational Church, 2700 L Street.

Kevin Doherty and Jennifer Reason will perform their concert, “Unfinished Business”, with piano music by C.P.E. Bach and Mozart; famous scenes from two of opera's greatest composers, Puccini and Britten; a transcendent movement from Philip Glass's METAMORPHOSES; and the song cycle SONGS OF TRAVEL by Vaughan Williams. Artists Liisa Davila and Sarah Fitch will also perform.

Baritone Doherty is the Morning Classical Host on Capital Public Radio. In concert, he has appeared as a baritone soloist with orchestras across the United States. Pianist Jennifer Reason is Music Director of the Rogue Music Project, (RMP) a collective that cultivates adventurous music and theater experiences. She is also the Artistic Director for the Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace, a 16-voice a capella ensemble who donates 100% of their proceeds to underfunded charities nationwide. (

Tickets are available at the door for $20. This is the third concert of the historic Pioneer Congregational Church’s 2018 concert series. 

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Open Houses Provide First-Hand Look at Opportunities for Low Volt Technicians

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Western Electrical Contractors Association, Inc., (WECA), a California-based trade association supporting the electrical and low voltage industries, is holding a Low Voltage Apprenticeship Training Open House on March 20, 2018, at their WECA headquarters in Rancho Cordova, and on March 21, 2018, at their San Diego Training Facility, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at each location. 
California needs skilled workers. Trades industry learning and networking events have never been more crucial than now, when jobs are going unfilled. With every five workers leaving the trades, only one replacement is supplied by Apprenticeship programs. The demand for low voltage technicians, in particular, is at an all-time high.
WECA is addressing this set of circumstances by offering a unique opportunity for prospective apprentices to learn about the industry first-hand, through two Open House events this month. Prospective apprentices can meet instructors, tour the learning labs, participate in hands-on demonstrations simulating scenarios found in the field, and ask questions in an open forum. The day will culminate with an application session when interested candidates may apply to the Apprenticeship program immediately. Qualified applicants may quickly find themselves placed with a sponsoring low voltage contractor, well on their way to a lucrative career as they enjoy paid on-the-job training.
WECA’s well-regarded, federal and state-approved Apprenticeship programs offer industry contractors vetted and educated apprentices who are adept in not only navigating the Code, but also experienced with real-industry scenarios, via WECA’s extensive hands-on labs.
Upon graduation, apprentices already have substantial experience in low voltage specialty fields like Voice Data Video and Fire Life Safety, and many stay on with the same companies who trained and developed them on the job, during their apprenticeship.
REGISTRATION. Pre-registration for this event is encouraged.
Northern California Open House
Southern California Open House


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