Water Supply Monitoring Program
We are installing water supply monitoring devices on underground water pipes to identify leaking water pipes more quickly, saving water that would otherwise be wasted.
Water is supplied to our customers' properties through a network of underground water pipes. As part of our maintenance program we regularly check the condition of our water pipes, however sometimes pipes can be leaking for a while before we become aware of the problem, wasting our precious water supply.
One way we're identifying leaks is through our Water Supply Monitoring Program.
About 400 new water meters are being installed across our underground water supply pipes over the coming years. Just like the water meters that read how much water you use at home, these meters track how much water is flowing through our water supply pipes.
The meters are connected to above-ground transmitters that are sending water flow data back to Yarra Valley Water by radio signal. The transmitters are solar powered and are contained within small plastic pillars that we’re permanently installing on public land such as nature strips.
The installation process
Our contractor typically installs each water supply monitoring device over two days of work, usually 2-7 days apart. These works involve:
- digging a small pit in the nature strip to uncover an existing water supply pipe
- confirming the pipe’s location and the size of pipe
- setting up temporary safety fencing around the pit.
- temporarily shutting off the water supply to some nearby properties
- installing the device on the pipe
- filling the pit back in again with soil and fitting the plastic cover
- turning the water supply back on
- cleaning up the work area.
A brief water supply shutoff will be required for some nearby houses. People will be notified in advance about any water supply disruptions.
You might see Yarra Valley Water and our contractors visiting the site from time to time throughout the year to test the instrumentation.
If you have any questions or feedback about the program or installations, please contact the project manager, Nathan Pitkin, on 9872 1188.