High wa­ter bill due to leaks

Isis Town and Country - - News -

BUND­ABERG Re­gional Coun­cil is urg­ing res­i­dents to reg­u­larly check their prop­erty’s wa­ter me­ter to avoid the possibility of an ex­ces­sive wa­ter bill.

Wa­ter and Waste­water port­fo­lio spokesman Cr Ja­son Bar­tels said there had been an increase in res­i­dents re­ceiv­ing large wa­ter con­sump­tion bills, which in most cases was caused by leaks on their prop­er­ties.

The coun­cil has no­ticed an increase re­cently in res­i­dents ap­ply­ing for as­sis­tance in re­la­tion to high wa­ter bills.

Af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it was found many of th­ese res­i­dents were un­aware they had sig­nif­i­cant wa­ter leaks on their prop­er­ties which were con­tribut­ing to the costly con­sump­tion bills.

Cr Bar­tels said there had been in­stances of leak­ing pipes un­der­neath houses go­ing un­de­tected and caus­ing a very high wa­ter con­sump­tion bill.

Some res­i­dents have been left with dam­age need­ing re­pairs.

“Check­ing wa­ter me­ters reg­u­larly is a sure way to avoid re­ceiv­ing such a high bill and the sub­se­quent ex­pense in­volved.

“It re­ally serves as a warn­ing for all home own­ers to check their prop­erty’s wa­ter me­ter at least once a month to en­sure their con­sump­tion isn’t spik­ing above stan­dard us­age rates.

“A good rou­tine is when you mow the yard you also check your me­ter and make a note of the date and read­ing for ref­er­ence.”

Cr Bar­tels said a handy fact sheet con­tained all of the nec­es­sary steps and in­for­ma­tion on how to ac­cu­rately check wa­ter me­ters.

The fact sheet Wa­ter Me­ter Home Accuracy Check is avail­able on the Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil web­site.

LEFT: Check your me­ter reg­u­larly to avoid big bills.

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