Jersey Water is urging Islanders to check their properties for water leaks, particularly outside taps, empty buildings, out-houses or farm buildings. Following this week’s freezing conditions the Company has seen a notable increase in the demand for water overnight, following the thaw that is likely to be from small leaks on private pipe work at customer properties across the island.
Helier Smith, Chief Executive said “We are maintaining the supply of water to the network and have increased the output from our treatment works by 10% this morning, this represents an additional 2.5Ml per day, to keep up with this spike in demand. We still have the capacity to increase output further and we also have plenty of water in store. We are confident that this increase in demand is directly linked to the overnight thaw following the exceptionally cold weather we have experienced. Our systems indicate that the likely type of leakage is from a number of small leaks rather than a single large leak. Our leakage detection, network and operations engineers are monitoring the situation and will continue to do so over the weekend.
Our Customer Services team have been busy today with customers calling for advice on leakage at their properties, this has included leaks on building sites and unoccupied buildings, our advice is always to turn off the internal stop tap and call a plumber. We would urge Islanders if they know of friends or neighbours that may have been away, or have empty buildings or outdoor supplies to check for leakage.