Fix a Leak
The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) notifies metered residents of potential leaks on their properties via the leak notification program. This program seeks to conserve drinking water and help prevent property damage.
Every three-months, the SCRD sends leak notification letters to property owners who may have a water leak. There are resources below to help you better understand what to do if you receive a letter or if you have a leak on your property. SCRD staff are available to answer any questions you may have and support you in resolving your leak.
The SCRD sends out quarterly leak notification letters and monthly update emails that alert property owners of a potential water leak. To sign up and receive your monthly water use check out Monthly Water Use Updates
The graphic below shows areas of responsibility. Property owners are responsible for maintaining all water piping and fixtures beyond the water meter box. If you’re unable to find and fix a leak yourself, a plumber can assist with isolating and repairing the leak. SCRD staff are available to answer any questions and support you in resolving your leak.
A water leak can be as small as a dripping tap or as big as a burst water line. If the leak location isn’t evident, it can take some investigating to isolate the leak. Some telltale signs of a leak include dripping and the sound of hissing water when the water connections are turned off.
To begin, check your taps, toilets, and appliances for evidence of a leak. Be sure to also check any outdoor water connections and irrigation systems on the property. Sometimes it helps to listen at night, when it might be a little quieter.
If you can’t find any obvious signs of the leak, you can use the water meter servicing your property to help isolate the leak.
Here are eight steps to isolating a water leak.
Steps to isolate a water leak:
1. Before checking the meter, make sure all taps and water using appliances inside and outside the house or building are turned off.
2. Access the water meter display. Check for a solid leak notification water tap icon to confirm that the meter is detecting a continuous water leak.
3. Shut off the main water connection to the home or building.
4. Check the meter display (see image below)
- If the RATE is greater than 0, the leak is between the shut off point and the water meter. (i.e. somewhere along the waterline that services the home or building)
- If the RATE = 0, the leak is past the shut off point. (i.e. an indoor or outdoor water connection at the house or building such as a tap, toilet or irrigation system). Go to step 5.
5. If the leak is past the shut off point, turn the main water connection back on.
6. Through a process of elimination, you can identify the source of the leak. Shut off the water connection to a tap or fixture (only one), then check the water meter to determine if you have isolated the leak.
7. To know if you found the leaky culprit, check the water meter display:
- If the RATE = 0, the water connection that is off is the cause of the leak
- If the RATE is greater than 0, the water connection that is off is not the source of the leak.
8. Shut off another water connection and check the water meter display again. Repeat for all water connections inside and outside the house or building until the meter RATE reads 0.00.
The water meter servicing your property can help you determine the size of the leak. Before checking the meter, make sure all taps and water using appliances inside and outside the house or building are turned off.
- Access the water meter display. Check that the water tap icon is present to confirm that a leak is being detected. If there is no water icon, there is no leak.
- The size of the leak can be determined by observing the RATE displayed when all taps and water using appliances are off at the property. The RATE displays the real time water use in either litres per minute, or cubic meter per minute.
- Note, during low flow, the flow indicator will be flashing and the RATE display will switch between showing 0 and another number greater than 0 (e.g. 0.32 LPM, 0.00056 M3 per minute). This indicates that the size of the leak is within that range.
If you are unable to safely access your water meter or have any questions about reading the water meter, email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The water meter can help determine if the water leak has been fully resolved. If you can safely access the water meter, check the display for a water tap icon:
- If there is no water tap icon on the meter display, this means you do not have a leak.
- If a water tap icon is flashing, you may have resolved the leak. Check back in 48 hours. If the leak is fully resolved, the water tap icon will disappear. If it is still flashing, the meter is detecting an intermittent leak.
- If a solid water tap icon is present, the meter is still detecting continuous flow which indicates a possible leak.
Sometimes water meter boxes can get covered up by leaves or overgrown plants. Water meters are often closer to the roadway than the house. Try walking around the edge of your property looking out for a plastic or metal meter box lid. If you’re still unable to locate the water meter, email email@example.com for assistance.
Yes. Maintenance of all water piping and fixtures beyond the water meter is the responsibility of the property owner. Water leaks can grow and have the potential to cause costly damage to your property, as well as neighboring properties. The SCRD works with property owners to communicate leak information and support troubleshooting towards a resolution. Properties with unresolved water leaks of increasing volume that are impacting neighboring properties or SCRD water systems can be issued a water shutoff notice in accordance with SCRD Water Rates and Regulations Bylaw 422.
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