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Maintain taps and irrigation systems
You can avoid wasting water and money by making sure you maintain your taps and irrigation systems.
- Help save precious water
- Reduce water bills
At a glance
- Savings 2
- Ease 2
- Impact 3
A tap leaking at the rate of one drip per second will waste more than 12,000 litres of water a year.
- Fix dripping taps. A worn out tap washer, o-ring or jumper valve is the most likely cause. These leaks are usually easy to fix—noting that in some parts of Australia it is illegal to work inside pipes or tap ware—a licensed plumber must do the job. Check with your state or territory water supply authority.
- Look online for video tutorials and fact sheets on how to change a tap washer.
- Don't over-tighten taps as this can wear the washer and cause leaks.
If you have a sprinkler or dripper system to water your garden, it's a god idea keep it well maintained to ensure you are watering effectively without wastage.
- Flush the lines at the beginning and end of the watering season.
- Check the hoses and pipes regularly for leaks, splits and blockages.
- If the ends of a dripper system are coming off, check the water pressure going into the irrigation system—you may need to reduce the pressure.
- Check the filter at least once a month (more often if using bore water) to ensure it is free of muck and debris.
- Ensure sprinklers are carefully directed to plants to make sure that every drop reaches its target—that you're not wasting water on the driveway, house or footpath.
- Consider options to improve watering practices and remember to check water restrictions for your area.
If you need more ideas or advice or a keen to do more, the following websites contain information and resources to help you take action where it counts.
- Fix your leaking taps environment victoria
- ACT Water saving tips Icon water
- NSW Leak detection Sydney Water
- NSW Households NSW Government
- NT Save on water PowerWater
- QLD Leaks on your property Queensland Urban Utilities
- QLD Checking for water leaks Unity water
- SA Leak detection SA Water
- SA Reading your water meter SA Water
- TAS Blockages, leaks & water and sewerage flooding TasWater
- TAS WaterSense TasWater
- VIC Water authorities Victorian Government
- WA Detecting leaks Water Corporation
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