Relief from water consumption charges after a water leak

Partial relief from payment of water consumption charges will only be granted if council is satisfied that:

  • the water consumed was the result of an unapparent plumbing failure, and
  • as soon as the applicant was aware of an increase in water consumption, steps were taken to  find the cause and a licensed plumber carried out the repairs promptly.

How to apply for relief

You can apply for relief in person, by phone, or email.

To make an application for partial relief you will need to: 

  1. complete and sign an application form (see below)
  2. collect the following documents from your licensed plumber
    • a statement describing the repair work and certifying that loss was due to an unapparent plumbing failure undetectable to the resident; and
    • a copy of the plumber's bill for the work.
  3. lodge the application and plumber's documents with Council before the payment due date of your water consumption notice.

How Council determines the amount of relief

The amount of water you have consumed over the previous 4 billing cycles is compared with your consumption during the period of the unapparent plumbing failure. You may be eligible for up to 50% of water considered lost as a result of the plumbing failure.

Related form

Water relief application form

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