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Checking for leaks

Leaking taps and toilets cost you money.

  • A leaking toilet can waste 16,000 litres of water a year.
  • A dripping tap can waste 24,000 litres of water a year.

A four minute shower with a water efficient showerhead uses only around 36 litres of water.

Check your plumbing for any drips or leaks.

  1. Make sure you turn off all taps, including the washing machine and dishwasher
  2. Check your water meter – if the numbers are turning over it means that water is running somewhere in your home. If this happens, check:
    • water isn’t running in the toilet bowl
    • the hot water service isn’t leaking onto the ground
    • taps aren’t leaking inside or outside your home.

Report leaks

Report dripping taps, running cisterns, leaking hot water service or pipes and faulty water connections to us as soon as you notice a problem. If you live in community housing, contact your housing provider directly.

Housing Contact Centre 1800 422 322

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Last updated: 16 Aug 2023