Often overlooked or dismissed as a minor annoyance, leaking taps can be surprisingly hard to detect and can have significant consequences, not just for your household but also for the environment.

Leaking taps might not seem like a big deal at first glance, but their impact on the environment is substantial. According to recent studies, one slowly dripping tap can waste more than a bucket of water a week. Imagine that multiplied across households in Brisbane alone. It’s a major amount of water being wasted needlessly, putting strain on our precious water resources and ecosystems.

But the repercussions extend beyond environmental concerns; they hit closer to home with your household budget. Have you noticed your water bills creeping up lately? Leaking taps could be why. A visibly leaking toilet, for instance, can waste up to 18 buckets of water a day or 70 days of drinking water for one person*. That’s water you’re paying for but not benefiting from, essentially pouring your hard-earned money down the drain.

Fixing a leaking tap or toilet could save you hundreds of dollars each year on your water bill; that’s money you could be spending on a nice dinner out, a weekend getaway, or even investing in your home. And you will not only save money, but you will also help conserve our precious water resources.

So keep an eye out for signs of leaks in your home, such as damp patches, mould growth, or unexplained increases in water usage. And don’t forget to check your water meter readings regularly to catch any leaks early on.

For more information on detecting and fixing leaks, check out these resources:

At Plumbaround, we understand the importance of water conservation and the financial strain that leaking taps can cause. That’s why we’re here to help. Whether it’s fixing a dripping tap, repairing a leaking toilet, or conducting a comprehensive water audit for your home, our team of expert plumbers is dedicated to providing efficient and effective solutions. 

Let’s not pour our money down the drain! Contact us at 07 3038 1038 or info@plumbaround.com.au if you need help.

*Average Intake for Australian adult


National Health and Medical Research Council. (2021, April 12). Water. Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand. https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/nutrient-reference-values/nutrients/water 

Queensland Government. (2023, August 4). Waterwise home Leaks. Using Water Wisely. https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/water/residence/use/home/leaks 

Queensland Government. (n.d.). How much water is your household using?. WaterWise Queensland. https://www.rdmw.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/1665120/water-audit.pdf