Parkes Shire Council’s Director Infrastructure, Andrew Francis said: “Due to the very high temperatures, many residents increased their usage by watering their gardens, using evaporative air conditioners and for general household usage”.
“Residents who feel there is a disparity in their water meter reading are encouraged to carry out some simple checks to ensure their reading is correct.”
Check for leaks on the property, such as dripping taps, a running toilet or green patches in the garden.
To check for leaks using the water meter, turn off all water taps and water using appliances. Check the low flow dial in the centre of water metre. If it is ticking, you may have a leak. Note the reading on the water meter. Wait for at least 10 minutes, overnight or during the day when people are away. Check the reading again. If there has been a change to the numbers, there may be a leak on the property and a plumber may be required.
For more information about your water notice, or to report any possible meter misreads, residents are encouraged to contact Council on 6861 2356.
You can find simple water saving tips at http://www.parkes.nsw.gov.au/living-here/ your-property/water/water-saving-tips/E