Media Release – RESIDENTS URGED TO CHECK WATER METERS TO AVOID LEAKING MONEY

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 spokesperson Cr Jason Bartels noted that there has been an increase in residents receiving large water consumption bills, which, in most cases were caused by leaks on their properties.

“Council has noticed an increase recently in residents applying for assistance in relation to high water bills. After investigation, it was found that many of these residents were unaware they had significant water leaks on their properties which were contributing to the costly consumption bills.

“There have been instances of leaking pipes underneath houses going undetected and causing a very high water consumption bill. 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 homeowners to check their properties’ water meter at least once a month to ensure their consumption isn’t spiking above standard usage rates,” he said.

“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 factsheet on the Council website contained all of the necessary steps and information on how to accurately check water meters.

The factsheet called Water Meter Home Accuracy Check is available at bundaberg.qld.gov.au/services/water.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:  
Media Officer, Megan Dean Ph: 0409 392 236
Senior Media Officer, Wayne Heidrich Ph: 0438 638 407
Media and Marketing Manager, Megan Magill Ph: 0439 402 715
Email: communications@bundaberg.qld.gov.au

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