A great deal of water can be lost to leaking pipes and fittings. Sometimes this is easy to see, like a dripping tap. Other leaks are more difficult to detect such as underground leaks and a slow running toilet.


Dripping taps can often be fixed with a new washer. For trickier issues, contact your licensed plumber.


It can be really hard to spot a slow, leaking toilet. A continuously leaking toilet can waste up to 60,000 litres a year.

Check for a leaking toilet:

  • Listen for a slight hissing noise coming from the cistern long after flushing.
  • Add some dye to the cistern to help see water running down the back of the toilet bowl.
  • Place a piece of toilet paper on the back of the bowl to see if it becomes wet from running water down the back of the bowl.

Often the leak can be fixed by replacing the washer. For more complex issues, call your licensed plumber.


Where you have a leaking or broken pipe, you will need to contact a licensed plumber to make the repair.

Irrigation systems

Regularly check your irrigation system for leaking pipes and fittings.

Checking for leaks using your water meter

Water leaks that occur from water pipes and fittings on the property side of the water meter are the responsibility of the property owner (including leaks occurring in water fittings or appliances including toilets, taps, hot water systems, pools, irrigation and tanks).

The best way to check for leaks is to regularly read your meter to detect any unusual variation in consumption between readings. Visit your service provider’s website for information on how to read your water meter.

If you think you may have a concealed leak such as an underground leak or would like to check, please follow the steps below:

  • Turn off all taps and water using appliances in and around your premises.
  • Check your water meter and take a meter reading. If the dials on your water meter are moving there could be a leak. If there is no movement on the dials, there may still be a slow leak.
  • To check further for leaks, do not use any water for at least one hour, then take another reading. If the meter reading has changed, there may be a slow leak.
  • To fix the leak, check all fixtures and fittings and/or call a licensed plumber.

If you find a concealed leak, turn off your water supply at the meter immediately and call a licensed plumber.

Plumbing work carried out in Queensland must be completed by a licensed plumber with the appropriate endorsements.

How to fix a leaking toilet

How to read a water meter

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