Cairns Regional Council has partnered with Detection Services Pty Ltd to embark on a major audit of water infrastructure throughout the region in an effort to reduce water wastage.
The audit will detect water leaks via sound technology that allows specially trained operators to hear water escaping from underground pipes.
Mayor Bob Manning said the leak detection project was one of the recommendations from the Cairns Water Security Strategy.
“This is one of the first actions we are taking to reduce demand on our water network and to plan for future population growth,” Cr Manning said.
Cr Manning said the leak detection program will assist Council in identifying infrastructure in need of upgrading and would, in the longer term, save ratepayers money.
“When you’re dealing with more than 2100 kilometres of underground pipes and pumps, it’s inevitable that leaks will go unidentified,” Cr Manning said. “This can result in considerable wastage and lead to further damage.
“By being proactive with this inspection program, we can get a clearer picture of the health of our infrastructure and find those small leaks before they become major ones.”