AquaTrip - leak detection & water conservation
About half a year after successfully upgrading all water fixtures at Manukau Rovers RFC’s clubrooms, their water bill showed a spike in water consumption, which was detected right away thanks to the still installed data logger on their water meter. The club could not find any explanation as to why or where the leaks occurred, and even after some additional work done by Laser Plumbing, the water meter still showed higher than before readings.
Leaks, if left unattended, can cost clubs large amounts of money while also causing property damage. Hence, we were eager to find a solution for Manukau Rovers Rugby Club to fix their leak, and in the meantime keep their water wastage to a minimum. LiteClub teamed up with Watercare once again, and arranged for the club to get a so-called AquaTrip installed, to trial and showcase a best practice guide for leak detection and temporary water conservation.
AquaTrip is a leak detection device that triggers your club’s water meter whenever a leak is detected. The club sets a flow time that is likely to indicate a leak, e.g. water running constantly for more than 30 minutes. If the flow limit is exceeded, AquaTrip will shut off the water main - alerting your club officials and prompting them to take immediate action by contacting a plumber or those responsible for fixing the leak.
When a club has a problematic leak that will take time to resolve, AquaTrip can also work as a temporary water conservation tool. It helps a club to minimise leaks during its out-of-use hours by keeping the water mains turned off. Water can be accessed at any time by pushing the override or reset buttons on the remote provided, allowing for up to 6 hours of continuous water flow before the device trips again. Exclusion zones can be set. It is important to note that AquaTrip is not designed to be a permanent solution for leaks.
At Manukau Rovers, the AquaTrip proved an efficient tool to reduce the club’s water bill while working out their next steps on how to fix the invisible leak. Water bills have reduced to about a sixth of what the club needed to pay before the installation of the device, and the water meter is now measuring approx. 20,000 litres less per month. The club is preparing to lay new external piping to replace the leaking ones, but until this is complete the water saving device is helping them save on bills and put the money towards the repairs instead.
LiteClub wants all clubs to benefit from our findings at Manukau Rovers RFC, so we have prepared several files to share. Whether you are already struggling with leaks, or want to be prepared, we encourage you to download and follow our Leak Checklist and Leak Action Decision Tree. For those clubs that are already suffering from unidentified leaks, please download our AquaTrip Info Sheet. They offer a 15% discount for any club that mentions LiteClub when purchasing an AquaTrip device.