Please make sure the area around the meter is clear and accessible so we can read, repair or replace it. Learn more about your meter.
If you're confident about doing minor plumbing work yourself, like changing a tap washer to stop a drip, that's perfectly okay. But for bigger problems, renovations, or replacing toilets or hot water systems, you have to call a plumber.
You'll need a plumber to:
Don't forget to ask them to give you a Certificate of Compliance after they've finished the work. This certifies that the plumbing work meets the Plumbing Code of Australia.
You're responsible for maintaining the pipes and fittings on your property up to where they connect to our water, wastewater and stormwater networks – your point of connection.
The pipes and fittings include all:
You're also responsible for protecting any of our pipes and fittings that are on your land, and you must let us enter your property if we need to maintain or repair any part of the water, wastewater or stormwater systems.
To find out more about what you need to maintain, read.
We're responsible for our pipes (all the pipes, channels and structures that provide services to you) and the water meter on your property. We may have other assets on your property that we also have to maintain.
Keep in mind that we don't offer a free repair service for:
If we have pipes and other assets (listed below) on or near your property, we need your help to protect them from damage. They may be shown in an easement on your Land Title Deeds. An easement is a right to use part of someone's property for a specific purpose. If we hold an easement on your land, you must let us in when needed, and you can't build over the easement without our permission.
We will maintain our assets, but you must keep them clear and let us onto your property if we need to maintain or repair them. You must not bury or build over them, as we may need access to maintain, repair or replace them.
If you damage any of our pipes or fittings, we may charge you to repair or replace them.
Sometimes our pipes run under private property. If you're doing any building, excavating or landscaping work on your property, make sure you know where our pipes and other services are. Find out before you dig with . BYDA can deliver free plans of our assets to your inbox.
Most people are connected to the normal wastewater system, but in some parts of Greater Sydney we have agreements with customers for pressure or vacuum systems. In these cases, we may need to maintain or repair pumps and associated equipment on your property. Find out more about different types of wastewater systems.
enable us to access the water mains. They are usually covered by a metal or concrete plate and are on the footpath or roadway. Please don't build your driveway over them or bury the hydrants on the nature strip.
Don't remove or obscure the small signs with 'HP' or 'HR' in red. These show the Fire & Rescue and Rural Fire Services where the hydrants are in case of fire. Being able to find the hydrant quickly can be critical during an emergency.
may be on or near your property, usually near the boundary. These holes enable us to access our wastewater and stormwater systems to clear blockages.
If we can't access these holes to clear blockages, wastewater or stormwater can back up in the pipe and flow out of pipe grates or openings into the street, your yard or possibly inside your home. Find out more about blockages below.
allow air to enter and exit the wastewater system. This helps prevent the pipes from corroding.
Under the Sydney Water Act 1994, you must allow us to enter your property to maintain or repair our water, wastewater or stormwater system when we need to. We'll usually write to you to arrange an appointment. We don't usually need you to be home as long as you provide clear access and secure your pets.
We'll need to access our equipment for repairs and maintenance either on the street or on your property.
Leaks occur when a pipe has been damaged in some way. This causes water or wastewater to leak out of the pipe. You might have a leak in your water pipe if you have:
Read about to learn how to find and prevent leaks.
If your bill is higher than expected, you may have a hidden leak. If a licensed plumber finds and repairs a hidden leak, you can apply for a hidden leak allowance on your bill.
Blockages occur when there's something inside your pipe that stops it working properly. Most blockages (also known as sewer chokes) occur in wastewater pipes. They're usually caused by tree roots that have found a way into the pipes, or when someone has put something down the toilet that's not designed for it. For example, a soft toy.
You can help stop blockages by choosing the right trees for your garden and making sure you don't plant trees near any pipes. Your local nursery can give you advice on trees and their root systems.
If you'd like to know where your pipes are, apply for a sewerage service diagram through Sydney Water Tap in.
Call a licensed plumber if you have a blockage in your private wastewater (sewer) pipes. If you think the blockage is in our pipes, call us on 13 20 90. If you're out of pocket because of a blockage in our wastewater pipes, you may be able to make a wastewater blockage claim.
If pipes have frozen, let them thaw. It's best to be patient – your meter and pipes will thaw naturally as the day warms up. Never try to speed up the process with boiling water. There's a big risk your pipes will crack.
When you know a cold snap's on the way, insulate your above-ground pipes and meter with a bucket, plastic tub or cardboard box, or wrap them in foam, rubber, crumpled newspaper or a towel. Better yet, sleep easy over a long cold winter with half a tyre over your meter.