Leak prevention

Water leaks waste water and cost you money.

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Water leaks on your site can account for 15% of your water use.

 How can you help prevent leaks?

A program of regular checks and maintenance will help you identify and avoid leaks. This includes:

  • checking for leaks from flush units in toilets, urinals, taps and showers
  • identifying leaks in cooling towers, plants and equipment
  • replacing washers and seals regularly - or at the first signs of leakage.
It's important to check your bill and compare it with previous bills for the same time period.

If there are increases in water use you can't account for, you may have a leak.

Don't wait for your bill to find out how much water you've used.

Regular meter readings can help you identify leaks. You have two options:

  1. Read your meter at the end of your business day and then at the start of your next business day. If there's a difference in the reading, you may have a leak.
  2. Install an automatic monitoring system to track water use every five to fifteen minutes. You can install a data logger on your meter yourself or engage an expert.
Benchmarking your water use against typical water use for similar business activities can help you identify leaks.

Save money by educating staff and contractors to identify and report leaks. An education session doesn't need to be long. 

Staff should know:

  • that leaks cost your business money
  • how to identify leaks
  • how to report leaks.

If you've identified a problem, engage an experienced, licensed plumber. We recommend that you:

  • get at least three quotes
  • check that the plumber has experience in identifying and fixing leaks
  • fix the leak as soon as possible.

If you have an additional services agreement, contact your Sydney Water representative. They will:  

  • help your business with water management
  • help you identify leaks 
  • discuss additional monitoring options.

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Closely monitoring your meter means you'll identify leaks sooner.