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Residents encouraged to check their homes for surprise leakages

Spokesperson for Utilities Councillor Peter Saxelby

Western Downs Regional Council is encouraging residents to check their homes for surprise leaks as the weather heats up and the region tightens its daily water consumption. 

Dalby has recently moved to a ‘Conservation’ water restriction level which means residents should be using no more than 300 litres per person, per day and adhering to outdoor watering restrictions.  

Spokesperson for Utilities Councillor Peter Saxelby said Council was encouraging residents connected to the mains water supply to check around their homes and yards to ensure there aren’t any surprise water leaks, which could add to their water accounts, while also wasting water.  

“While Council regularly check for leaks on the street-side of household water meters, it’s the resident’s responsibility to make sure everything is in working order on their property including the garden and yard and inside the house, especially the toilet and bathrooms,” Cr Saxelby said.  

“One dripping tap has the potential to waste around 20,000 litres of water every year, which is why it’s important to check and fix leaking taps and fixtures, both indoors and outdoors – including pipes and hoses.  

“One simple way to check for leaks is to note the reading on your water meter one night before going to bed, ensuring all water is shut off. Before using any water the following morning, check the water meter reading again. 

If the two readings are not the same, then it’s likely you have a leak. If this is the case and you can’t find the source of the leak, then call in a licensed plumber to inspect.   

“As the weather heats up, it’s also a timely reminder to check evaporative air conditioners for any leaks and to ensure they are serviced by a licensed technician as required.  

“Outside it’s important to keep an eye out for any sneaky green patches on your lawn, as it could point to cracked or leaking pipe. 

It can be as simple as making small checks and changes around the home that can ultimately save water and reduce pressures on your hip pocket.  

“I encourage residents to check out Council’s website for the latest water restrictions information and handy water saving tips.” 

For more water saving tips, visit Council’s website via 

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