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Horowhenua Council offering free fix for leaky taps and toilets

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Horowhenua District Council is offering to fix leaky taps and toilet cisterns for free - but only for the first 25 reported between Friday 18 January and Friday 8 February.-

Water Services Engineer Albert Hoffmann said these common household leaks can waste a surprising amount of water.

"A typical dripping tap would fill a bathtub with water in a month," he said. "Getting leaky taps and toilets fixed is an easy way people can help to save water."

He said leaky toilet cisterns can often be identified by the sound of hissing, trickling or running water coming from the cistern. The offer is open to residents connected to Council water supplies whose leak can be fixed with a new tap washer or cistern gasket, and covers half an hour of labour by a Council-nominated plumber.

Mr Hoffmann said Council encourages residents to keep an eye out for suspected water leaks wherever they occur. "The warm dry weather of summer makes leaks easier to spot. If you notice suspicious wet areas or unexplained patches of green grass in otherwise dry ground, report it to Council or call your plumber if it is on your property so the leak can be fixed before it becomes serious and costly."

Further tips for identifying a leak on your property can be found on Council’s website at

To register for a repair to your leaky tap or cistern, contact Horowhenua District Council on 06 366 0999. -Terms and conditions apply. See

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