Have you noticed a increase in your water usage?
If your water use has increased, it could be due to a leak or you may have used more water without realising it. Read below for how to check for a leak and tips to help save water.
First up, let’s verify if you have a leak
Find your water meter
If you live in a house, your meter is outside and usually near the front gate or fence. For units and apartments, your meter is connected to the main water meter and it may be near your front door or in a service cupboard. If you're not sure where your meter is, contact your building management or your owner's corporation.
Once you’ve found your meter, make a note of the numbers.
Stop using any water
Turn off all taps and appliances except the stop tap next to the water meter and the toilet.
Wait for 2 hours
Just make sure no one uses any water during that time.
Check your meter again
If the numbers on your water meter have changed or the wheel has moved, you may have a leak. Repeat the test again, just to make sure.
If you think you have a leak, here are some tips on the most common leaks, how you can find them, or what to do next.
If you don’t have a leak, you’ve likely used more water without realising it.
Reasons for an increase
There may be a very valid reason why your usage has jumped and some of these may include:
- House guests
- The arrival of a new family member including fur babies
- Installation of a pool or spa
- Increased use of an evaporative cooler
- Watering in a new lawn or garden.
It’s good to understand why your usage has increased so you know what to expect on your bill as well as understanding how you’re using water around the house.