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Each week we will explore topics that surround us every day at Mr Drains and beyond. In this blog we will try and shine some light on some common and not so common questions that directly affect you and your home and by increasing awareness you can increase the savings.
This week I had the opportunity to talk with some industry figures about why Sydney Water want reduce the water pressure in Sydney’s water mains.
Excessive water pressure can lead to water main breaks and cause leaks in Sydney Water's system.
Water pressure management aims to adjust water pressure levels in the supply system to achieve more consistent pressure levels which will reduce the number of watermain breaks, improve the reliability of the water supply system and conserve water.
Most properties across Sydney have a pressure between 150kPa and 650kPa. Some properties receive significantly higher water pressures – up to 1000kPa. Sydney Water has a water pressure management program to target those areas where pressure levels are well above average and there is a history of water main breaks.
The bare bones is that Sydney Water want to be seen to be doing the right thing by
· Meet water conservation targets by reducing demand and leaks.
· Improve reliability and continuity of supply as a result of reduced main breaks.
· Reduce pressure fluctuations to achieve more consistent pressures across the water supply system.
· Extend the life of Sydney Water’s water mains and assets.
However, a strategy like this is not without its problems. A reduction in pressure can cause trouble in a plumbing system and although Sydney Water will continue to meet its licence condition of 150kPa minimum, certain adjustments may have to be made to both domestic and commercial premises alike. We are currently regulating water pressure in selected areas in various suburbs around Sydney, the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains.
As this scheme is rolled out and you experience any pressure related issues please check that:
· The tap on your water meter that controls flow to your property is fully turned on.
· Any taps that control flow to your hot water system and other devices are fully turned on.
If you continue to experience water pressure problems, or for further information please phone the team at
Mr Drains 9986-1234.
by Mick Slatter