When water pressure is too high, it can lead to breaks and leaks in our water pipes. Our Water Pressure Management Program ensures we can provide a reliable and constant water supply, at a consistent pressure. This important program runs in all areas of Greater Sydney.
Excessive water pressure can lead to breaks and leaks in our water pipes. Water pressure management ensures we can provide a reliable and constant water supply, at a consistent pressure. Water pressure management targets areas where pressure levels are well above average and there's a history of breaks in our water pipes.
Most properties across Sydney have pressure between 15 and 65 metres. The current average pressure across our area of operations is 52 metres.
Water pressure management has a number of benefits, as it:
We target areas where water pressure levels are higher than average, and we're currently planning the next areas to manage.
Water pressure is the force needed to move water from our main supply pipes into customers' private pipes.
We reduce water pressure gradually. We use pressure reduction valves and monitoring points to achieve more consistent, lower water pressure levels across our water supply network.
Most residents and businesses in pressure managed areas won't be significantly affected.
Reducing the water pressure doesn’t mean you’ll have less water. You may need to turn on the tap more and it could take a little longer to fill a bath or washing machine.
In areas where we manage water pressure, we'll help you prepare for any changes in pressure. Some instantaneous hot water systems, corroded galvanised pipes or existing pressure reducing valves may not work as effectively with reduced water pressure. If you have these, you may need to upgrade them.
Private infrastructure (like a fire protection system) that depends on water pressure may also be affected. Property owners are responsible for the design and working order of fire protection systems and other water pressure dependent systems and devices on their property.
Water is distributed to customers through a network of water supply zones. Water reservoirs are located at high points in each supply zone and water is distributed from the reservoir across the zone using gravity.
Water pressure varies at different locations in the zone, depending on:
This means properties in low areas receive higher water pressure. Properties in high areas receive lower water pressure.