Hidden leaks could cause big problems
Published: 1 July 2015
A concealed leak can be difficult to detect, but it could cost you dearly in both repairs and water bills if not identified or attended to quickly.
These leaks can vary from very small holes in water pipes through to large cracks; often caused by corrosion, tree roots, shifting building foundations or gardening mishaps.
Roads and Water Infrastructure Committee Chair, Councillor Don Petersen (Division 4), said all property owners should be on the lookout for concealed (underground) leaks as all customers are responsible for water use on the property side of their water meter – even if water is leaking from an underground or concealed pipe on their property.
"From (today) 1 July our policy will be changing and a remission will no longer apply to residential rental properties and all non-residential properties for concealed leaks.
"Owner occupied residential property owners will only be able to claim one remission on a concealed leak," he said.
"Importantly, residents are reminded that that policy only applies to the Council component of water charges – State Government bulk water charges must still be paid as the State will still charge Council and these costs will be passed on to the owners.
"There is plenty that residents can do to prevent or detect a concealed leak, including making notes on water meter readings and looking for unusual patches of green grass.
"Council's website has a fact sheet on how to spot concealed water leaks and I would encourage residents to become familiar with what to look for and the new policy."
The policy comes into effect from 1 July 2015.
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