High water bill due to leaks
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.