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Do you know how to check your water meter for leaks?

With water sprinkler restrictions now in place in Waihi and Waikino, it's a reminder that now is a good time to check for any water leaks at your meter.

Our water rates team advises us that they have a high number of water leak remissions requests at the moment so we are keen to track down leaks and fix them as quickly as possible.

Learn how to check your water meter for leaks.

After doing the overnight leak test, if you are losing more than one litre per hour, you should check for dripping taps, faulty toilet cisterns or other forms of leakage. Any more than ten litres lost per hour is very signficant and should definitely be investigated.

Water leak test

What to do with leaks on your property?

If you find that you have a leak using the overnight test, the leak is within your own plumbing system. This could be from the water meter to the house or within the house. It is your responsibility to have the leak repaired. Once the leak is fixed, notify us in writing, with a copy of the plumber's invoice and see if you qualify for a water rates remission.

What to do with leaks on the roadside of your meter box?

If you discover a leak on the roadside of your water meter, or in the meter box, whether it is an emergency or not, please contact us ASAP. These leaks are our responsibility.

Our 24 hour, 7 day service number is 07 862 8609 or 0800 734 834 (from within the district).

Water meters are read approximately every six months by our Meter Readers, so we advise checking your meter regularly between bills. The first you may know about a long term leak on your side of the meter, is when you get your next bill or an alert from us.

Long dry summers means every drop of water becomes precious over time.

For heaps of water saving ideas take a look at Smartwateruse home, garden and farm water saving tips.