Water Planning for Sydney
Water planning for Sydney

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Fixing leaks

The NSW Government has invested more than $400 million over four years to reduce leaks in Sydney's water pipe system.

Managing leaks from the water pipes that carry water to households, businesses and councils across Sydney, Illawarra and the Blue Mountains, is just one of the ways we're all working together to secure Sydney's water supply.

Under the Metropolitan Water Plan, leak detection and repair is a major priority. Sydney Water's leak reduction program is the largest and most comprehensive in Australia. Now investing over $100 million each year, Sydney Water has reduced leakage by over 30 billion litres each year through:

  • actively detecting and repairing leaks (inspecting up to 21,000 kilometres of water pipes each year)
  • reducing pressure in the pipes
  • improving response times to main breaks (crews now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week)
  • placing meters on the pipe system to detect leaks.

You can continue to play an important role in assisting Sydney Water to identify leaking pipes, taps and toilets, water main breaks and other faults.

To find out more and to report a break or leak visit the Sydney Water website or view Chapter 6 of the 2010 Metropolitan Water Plan (PDF).