NetWorks Alliance is adjusting the water pressure in areas that currently have significantly high water pressure to achieve more consistent and lower water pressure levels across the network.
High water pressure contributes to burst water pipes, leaks and water waste. Through this Program, we can reduce leaks, improve the reliability of the water supply system and save water.
To date this Program saves 17 mega litres of water each day, the equivalent to the amount of water needed to fill nearly seven Olympic sized swimming pools. This saving is expected to more than double in the next 12 months.
Pressure regulating valves and monitoring points are being installed on the water network allowing the water pressure to be managed.
Most residents and businesses in the selected areas will not be significantly affected by this program. Reducing the water pressure does not mean you will have less water. You may need to turn on the tap more and it could take little longer to fill a bath or washing machine.
If you have a fire suppression system or business that depends on water pressure, you may need to make some changes to these when the pressure is reduced.
We will write to you in advance if your property will be included in the Water Pressure Management Program. This letter provides more information about how you can determine if the changes will affect your water system.
Sydney Water will continue to make sure their Operating License condition is met – ensuring every property receives a minimum pressure head of 15 metres at the water pipe connection point.
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