Queenslanders seek relief from increasing water costs

May 6th, 2013

The cost of water in Australia continues to skyrocket. Last year alone, household water prices rose 17 percent; despite the fact consumption was trending downward. The same ABS stats indicate Queensland scored second highest in the country for both water consumption and average price paid.

In a typical household, Australians consume 350 litres each day, or 1.31 million litres annually. Local government officials have been warning residents to expect rate increases of 10 percent each year, due to the large increase in bulk water prices set by state governments. Taking water for granted could lead to mandatory water restrictions.

Queenslander’s water bills may continue to rise beyond their control, but there are several steps householders can take to save money. Darren and Nerolie Nealis, owners of Australian Leak Detection of South Brisbane & Gold Coast, offer complete leak detection services, specialising in pool and water main leaks.

As a leader in the accurate, non-destructive detection of hidden water and pool leaks, the Nealis team uses proprietary methods and technology to locate and repair expensive leaks, saving time, money and unnecessary property damage.

Ignoring or putting off hidden leaks can prove costly to residents, businesses and the environment. For instance, a 3mm hole in a metal pipe leaks 9,500 litres of water in just 24 hours. One leak the size of a pinhead can waste 1,362,708 litres per year, enough to fill 12,000 bathtubs to the overflow mark. Checking for leaks annually helps combat unseen leaks and high water bills.

The first Australian Leak Detection began serving the Victoria area in 1989. Local offices now service the Northern Territory, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane/Gold Coast and Melbourne. The Nealis’ purchased their Queensland territory in March 2007. They operate three trucks and employ a staff of three from their office in Tallai, Qld.

For more information, or to schedule a leak audit of your home, visit www.australianleakdetection.com.au or call 0416 626 437.

Australian Leak Detection was founded in 1989 as a pillar of a global franchise that leads the world in accurate, non-destructive detection of hidden water, sewer and gas leaks in residential, commercial and municipal buildings. With more than 140 independently owned and operated franchises in six countries, technicians have detected more than 6 million leaks, saving customers millions of dollars in costly repairs. The corporate headquarters is located in Palm Springs, Calif. USA. The corporation is dedicated to water conservation, resource protection and providing eco-friendly services. For more information visit http://www.australianleakdetection.com.au

Gold Coast resident faces $5,000 water bill caused by leak

April 11th, 2013

LATEST water bills have sparked calls for Gold Coast City Council to immediately notify residents if their meter readers detect leaks.

Coombabah businessman Brad Horrocks said his pensioner father, Neale, 79, was hit with a $5000 bill and a local business owner copped a $20,000 bill after undetected leaks pushed their water use through the roof.

“My dad usually pays about $600 for water, so he was shocked when he got his bill,” Mr Horrocks said.

The council has given him a $3658 rebate but his son is concerned about his next bill after a recent underground leak went undetected for two hours.

“Unfortunately with the present system, householders are not told what has been read by meters until 90 days later, so if there is a major pipe break, they have no idea of it until three months later,” Mr Horrocks said.

“Councils will pay a 60 per cent rebate if a high bill is caused by a broken pipe, but only once.

“You are not allowed to get another rebate like this for three years.”

He said he was concerned his father could cop another massive bill, which he would have to pay, after the recent leak he discovered.

“A local businesswoman and a friend of mine has just got a $20,000 water bill because of a leak,” Mr Horrocks said.

Fred Woodley, of the Paradise Point Progress Association, said he had received a $1100 bill caused by a leak but he was hopeful he would get a rebate from the council.

Gary Mays, secretary of Gold Coast North Chamber of Commerce and owner of Whywait Plumbers, said he had a number of calls since water bills were issued from locals concerned about their high bills.

“As soon as the water bills come out, our phones run red hot,” he said.

“The council has an early warning system and it should immediately notify people of leaks to avoid expensive bills.”

Source: By Laura Nelson, courtesy of Gold Coast Sun

Sheraton Mirage saves thousands of dollars in water charges after leak inspection

November 10th, 2011

Sheraton Mirage on the Gold Coast reported their large lagoon swimming pool was leaking.

Approximately 25000l per day was being added to keep the pool in operation.

After extensive structure testing and pressure testing of all lines, a large leak was located inside the “ballast pipes” between the kid’s pool and the large resort pool. Due to the difficult location of the leak it was repaired using internal sleeving / relining of pipeline.

All this work was able to be conducted with minimal disruption to resort guests and no closure of the pool areas.

After great success with the resort pool Sheraton Mirage also employed Australian Leak Detection to locate the cause of sudden rapid water loss to their main pond /water features. We were able to determine the water loss was occurring through the structure or body of the ponds and not the water features or pipe lines. This allowed us to concentrate on the structures of the ponds and not waste time and money testing the extensive pipe work and filtration systems. The leaks were discovered to be from rapid movement of some of the expansion joints, with a combination of smaller leaks on other sections of the expansion joints.

“Thanks to Australian Leak Detection, we were able to save thousands of dollars in excess water charges and hundreds of thousands of litres going to waste,” hotel management said.

Experts called in to investigate water loss at local resort

November 10th, 2011

Versace’s full time pool techs discovered large volumes of salt were constantly being added to two large water features in the resort’s pool areas. Australian Leak Detection was called in to investigate the loss of salt as a result from this water loss.

Full structure and pressure tests were conducted on the water feature. But only three small leaks were discovered in light conduits when the feature was in operation and these leaks were not large enough for the volume of water lost. This enabled us to find there was a flaw in the new “power saving procedures.” In the months prior to us investigating the leaks, operating procedures had changed and most of the water feature’s pumps were shut down at night to save electricity.

We discovered the water in the upper tiers of the water feature flowed down into the lower tiers. The lower tiers then filled so fast that the shutdown system could not pump the water back and simply overflowed and down into the stormwater.

When the system started the following day the ballast tank would almost empty and the auto fill system would kick in to replace the lost water overnight.

Aging pipes affecting Melbourne residents

March 15th, 2011

Water pipes in many Melbourne, Australia, homes are deteriorating from old age, reports the Melbourne Weekly, causing murky water and low pressure, and residents fear more issues will soon rise.

According to the newspaper, many Melbourne homes have galvanized piping, which was banned following new housing regulations in the 1970s, and now, several residential properties are having problems with their plumbing.

“If you were going to buy an older house or apartment you’d be a fool not to look at the plumbing,” plumber Adam Turnbull told the paper.

Zoe Denton, of Body Corporate Guardians, which manages several apartments in Melbourne, told the news source about 30 percent of the buildings her company operates have plumbing issues, including low pressure and water leaks.

In addition to aging plumbing, Melbourne residents also have to deal with sewage leaking into their homes after heavy rains reportedly forced wastewater into main waterways.

Melbourne Water spokesman Andrew McGinnes told ABC News that the city had to to steer the sewage into two local creeks to avoid waste backing up into Melbourne homes.

Nobody stepping up to fix water leak in Australian city

March 7th, 2011

With the local water authorities, city council and railroad company all claiming it’s not their responsibility, a water leak remains running in one Australian city. The Maribyrnong Weekly reports water continues to pour nearly 18 months after the leak began at the railway station in Tottenham.

“Now you get off a train and you have to walk across the whole width of the footpath. When trucks go through, people get splashed with dirty water,” resident Craig Stephenson told the news source.

In addition to the water pipe leak, Stephenson said the station has been allowed to deteriorate for months without anyone attempting to make repairs or acknowledge the situation.

According to the paper, VicTrack, the rail company who runs the station, said it investigated the leak with city officials, who shut off the main. However, the leak persisted, and VicTrack referred the matter to Melbourne Water, believing it may be one of their pipes leaking. No action has yet been taken.

More than $4 billion were granted to the Regional Rail Link from the country’s Department of Transport in 2009 for rail and station upgrades – none of which has been used to fix the leak.

Australia residential complex receives highest energy-efficiency rating in country

February 11th, 2011

According to ABC News in Australia, the first five-star energy-efficiency rating has been given to a Sydney apartment complex, the first residential property in the nation to receive the rating.

Project manager Peter Le May told the source creating green building designs, such as the one in Sydney, is a new venture for him and his company. "I'd have to say this is a fairly new model, a fairly adventurous model," he told the news source.

Le May also told the source the project cost nearly $30 million, and has unique water conservation features, including the toilet's water coming from rainfall collected on the roof, as well as 120,000 litres of water stored beneath the home for all plumbing uses.

New South Wales Department of Housing director-general Mike Allen told the source the housing is not only environmentally friendly, but also affordable.

Though the apartment has a five-star energy-efficiency rating, the highest rating for any building in Australia is six stars, and belongs to the Pixel building in Melbourne. The Australian reports the building, which is owned by the construction company Grocon, is completely self-sufficient in energy and water.

Australian Leak Detection providing services since 1989

September 4th, 2009

The first Australian Leak Detection was opened in 1989 by John Myers serving the province of Victoria. Now there is service in the Northern Territory, Sunshine Coast, Goldcoast, and Melbourne providing more Australians the services needed to conserve water and save their property.

John and Jacky Myers at the 2008 Annual Convention in Miami, Florida, USA.

John and Jacky Myers at the 2008 Annual Convention in Miami, Florida, USA.