Leak detective helping looking after our water supply
Detecting leaks on the Council’s water network is one way to improve how we’re all looking after our water resource.
Specialist listening equipment is used in expert leak detection surveys to pinpoint the location and size of hidden leaks that can’t be seen on the surface.
In the past six months, all of Mataura and 25% of Gore have been surveyed.
In Gore, 13 leaks were discovered on the Council’s water network and three on private residential properties. In Mataura, eight leaks were found on the Council’s water network and 15 on private residential properties.
The leaks will be repaired as they’re able to be scheduled in the Council’s existing work programme.
“Repairing these leaks is expected to reduce water losses by up to 57,000 litres per day in Mataura and 140,000 litres per day in Gore. This equates to a reduction in the average daily demand of approximately 5% in Mataura and 4% in Gore, says 3 Waters Asset Manager, Matt Bayliss.
More of Gore’s water network will be surveyed in June and July this year, Matt says.
“Identifying and repairing hidden leaks is a key part of our overall strategy to improve how we look after and manage our local water supply.”