Leaks are a common cause of water wastage. Even a slow drip from a tap - one drop every few seconds - can add up to around 28 litres every day. Keep an eye out for leaking fittings around your building as well as an unusually high water bill, and address any issues quickly. Common culprits are taps, showers, hoses and toilet cisterns.
Sometimes, leaks can’t be seen, for example if they occur in an underground pipe. You can perform a simple leak test by reading your water meter in the evening, then using no water during the night. Check the meter again in the morning, and if there is a difference, it’s likely the building has a leak somewhere. If you can’t figure out where the leak is located, ask your local plumber if they offer a leak detection service - most do.
Leak detection systems
Installing a leak detection system with an integrated automatic shut-off valve, such as AquaTrip, is another good way to address leaks in a facility. It avoids water wastage by automatically detecting leaks as they occur. If a leak is detected, the system will warn you by shutting off the water to prevent excess water bills, water waste and property damage.
To be prepared before a leak happens, and to know the best steps to take once a leak has sprung, we have developed a Leak Action Decision Tree and a corresponding Leak Checklist. While these currently focus on the Auckland region, most steps can be taken no matter where you are in the country. Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more.