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DIY Plumbing Repairs: Water Efficiency in Action

Learn how to fix a leaky toiletA leaking or inefficient toilet can waste a lot of water and money—something I know very well from my work on the Portland Water Bureau’s Water Efficiency Team.

That said, I have never replaced a toilet on my own and probably wouldn’t have considered it before taking the DIY Plumbing Repairs and Replacement class.

The ReBuilding Center is a nonprofit organization in North Portland that offers DIY plumbing, carpentry, electrical and other classes designed to empower participants in developing practical skills.

For me, the DIY Plumbing Repairs and Replacement class demystified fixtures I use every day. Much of what holds me back from fixing plumbing issues at home is the fear of breaking something! With a patient and knowledgeable instructor, I learned how to manage simple repairs and know when to call a professional.

Plumbing and Water Efficiency

Leaks account for 13 percent of daily water use. We want you to be the best leak-fixer you can be so we’ve teamed up with the ReBuilding Center to offer scholarships, free water conservation kits, and support classes to help you identify leaks by using your water meter, and so much more!

DIY workshiopWhy we Partner

The ReBuilding Center has been helping Portlanders salvage and reclaim materials since 1997. We want to support the work ReBuilding Center is doing to strengthen our community through its commitment to reducing, reusing, and recycling and empowering people to become DIY masters of their universe.

Sign up for a class!

DIY Plumbing Repair and Replacement, Electrical for Homeowners, Tablesaw Bootcamp, Intro to Carpentry and other classes are offered monthly at the ReBuilding Center on N. Mississippi Ave. 

Check out the current class calendar and register online.

To learn more about the Portland Water Bureau’s water efficiency program visit:

Penny is a water conservation coordinator at the Portland Water Bureau’s water efficiency group. Penny teaches others how to save water and practice simple water-wise tips at home and beyond.

You can also find Penny around town hosting free water conservation presentations and giving away conservation devices at community events.