Ballina Shire Council will roll out a new recycled water service to households.
Ballina Shire Council will roll out a new recycled water service to households. Andrew Backhouse

Ballina makes every drop count on recycling day

BALLINA Shire Council is on the hunt to find and repair water leaks in a bid to save up to 190 mega litres of the liquid wasted each year.

The investigations to find and repair leaks are part of the council’s $1.5 million Pressure and Leakage Management Plan.

With International Recycling Day tomorrow, council’s water and wastewater manager Tim Mackney said the program was a timely reminder of how much every drop counts.

He said council’s commitment to saving water not only included locating water losses but rolling out a new recycled water service to households.

“Under Ballina Shire Council’s Pressure and Leakage Management Plan, we have continued with the next phase of investigating water losses across Ballina,” Mr Mackney said.

“These investigations involve taking measurements of noise to detect and locate any water losses at customer water meters, council valves and hydrants, and on the ground.

“It’s important we find and repair leaks as soon as possible to prevent further water loss.

“Most of our investigations are conducted at night when there is less traffic noise with a focus on older infrastructure in the southern half of Ballina Island, which has the most water loss.

“Initial estimates indicate we could save up to 190 mega litres of water per year just by repairing water leaks within that area.”

Mr Mackney said the contractors undertaking the works would also be able to identify unexpectedly high water flows in private water meters within the area. This may indicate leaks within private plumbing and the residents would be informed.

For more information about recycled water visit ballinawater.com.au

For information about the Pressure and Leakage Management Plan visit www.ballina.nsw.gov.au/waterloss or to report a water leak phone the council on 6686 4444.



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