Leak Detection Program

The New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) has invited Griffith City Council to participate in a two-month pilot Network Leak Detection Program.

As part of the pilot program, specialist water network leak detection contractors will undertake on-the-ground surveying to identify water leaks in the Griffith Local Government Area (LGA) from 11 April 2023 for a period of two months. The leak detection work will involve assessing approximately 500km of potable water mains in the Griffith network.

Following this work, a report with leak locations mapped and any associated asset maintenance issues will be provided to Council.

Director of Utilities at Griffith City Council, Graham Gordon, said the results would assist Council address unknown water leaks in the LGA network.

“Phase Two of the Regional Network Leakage Detection Project is part of the New South Wales Government’s $12.5 million Regional Leakage Reduction Program which has already seen more than 2,700km of water mains surveyed and more than 930 leaks found, saving Councils over billions of litres of lost water,” Mr Gordon said.

“There is no cost to Council associated with the leak detection works however the leak repair costs need to be borne by Council. Leaks identified will be documented and reported to Council upon completion of the works.”

Griffith City Mayor, Doug Curran, is encouraging residents to be aware of the program and its objectives.

“It is anticipated that work will be carried out without any disruption to residents, however in some instances there may be a need to survey the customer side of the water meter,” Mayor Curran said.

“I urge everyone to cooperate with the contractors.”

Feature image: Network Leak Detection. Provided by Griffith City Council.

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