Veolia operates the retail water and wastewater infrastructure in Papakura under a Franchise Agreement with Watercare Services. We are responsible for the provision of water and wastewater services to the Papakura Community. This includes:
- Meter reading, billing and collection of revenue
- Customer services
- Operations and maintenance of the water supply and wastewater collection systems
- Planning, design and construction of new infrastructure.
Below you can find information about understanding your water and sewerage account and services.
The point of supply is the delineation between Veolia’s responsibility and your own private network.
Our responsibility for supplying water to you extends up to the outlet of the water meter serving your property. The privately owned service pipe begins at the face of the water meter and includes any coupling or fitting used to connect to the water meter. A typical situation is shown in the diagram below.
Our responsibility for wastewater and trade waste starts at the connection point between the public wastewater system and your connection pipe.
Low Pressure Sewer System
Our responsibility for low pressure sewer systems is illustrated in the following diagram.
Veolia uses a metering system to determine water usage. The meter records all water entering your property and a reading is taken on a regular basis for accurate billing. Your water meter can also be used to monitor your consumption and check for water leakage.
How to read your water meter
On your meter read the black figures only. The black figures show the number of thousands of litres of water used.
Note: water meters may have three or four red numbers.
How much water do I use?
To monitor your water usage, read your meter at the same time each week and write down the readings. Subtract the previous reading from the current amount and the difference is your water usage. An average household of three people uses around four kilolitres (4,000 litres) a week.
Meter readings and inaccurate readings
At Veolia, we always aim to take care and protect your property when reading meters. When a reading shows that your water usage has increased significantly in comparison to previous consumption periods, we will alert you to this in writing.
Our meters and all readings taken from them will be treated as accurate unless you or we can show otherwise. You can contact us and request a test of the meter monitoring water supply to you. We will have the meter independently tested as soon as possible and the results will be sent to you.
- If the meter is found to be reading more than two per cent fast, we will refund in full the amount you have been overcharged as a result of the defect.
- If the meter is reading slow, we will not seek repayment for the amount you have been undercharged, however, we will replace the water meter.
If the results indicate the meter is measuring accurately, you will be charged a service fee for the meter test. The amount of this fee is outlined in our current charges schedules. If the results indicate the meter is giving inaccurate readings, the meter testing is free of charge.
Network Faults and Disruptions
Interruptions to the water supply
Sometimes short interruptions to the water supply are necessary to carry out essential planned work. When this happens, we will notify you by mail, in person or through the media, at least three days in advance. To minimise any inconvenience, work will always be planned to ensure the water supply is turned off for the shortest possible time. Where practical, we will plan our repairs to off peak periods between 9am and 4pm.
We operate a 24 hour a day, seven days per week, 365 days a year service to enable us to attend to unplanned interruptions to your water supply. We aim to respond within one hour and restore supply within three hours.
Where your supply is interrupted because of an emergency, such as a burst water main, we will wherever possible tell you how long it will take to restore your water supply.
> Report a fault
Overflows/blockages in a wastewater main
Pipe blockages can be caused from a build-up of food scraps, fats or cooking oil being put down the kitchen sink or by tree roots intruding into the pipe searching for water.
We aim to respond within one hour and restore services within three hours. If in the unlikely case there is any damage for which we are responsible for, we will rectify this.
You are responsible for clearing any blockages in your private drain.
> Report a fault
Unfortunately, we cannot help with storm water drainage problems, such as damaged or missing large manhole covers or flooding. If you need to report a problem with stormwater drainage, please contact the Auckland Council.
Problems with your water meter installation
If any component within the water meter box gets damaged, please contact us and we will arrange to come and fix it for you. Usually there is no charge for this service.
Each year a percentage of water fails to reach customers’ taps. A proportion of this is due to water leaks in our network. Keeping us informed about leaks you come across in our supply area ensures we’re able to put them right as soon as possible.
Report a leak
Please contact us on (09) 295 0515 if you know about a leak. If the leak is on your property, it may be your responsability to fix it.
Check for Leaks
If you think you may have a water leak follow these steps:
- Locate your meter and note down the numbers on the display.
- Make sure all water services are off (not being used). Do not turn off the gate valve at the meter.
- After a period of non-consumption (4-5 hours) go back to the meter and note down the numbers on the display.
- Compare this number against the number first noted in step 1. If the numbers are different, then you may have a leak. Contact a plumber to assess the situation further.
The most common leaks occur through having:
- Worn tap washers
- Running or leaking toilet cisterns
- A faulty hot water system overflow
- Leaking pipes in the house
- Leaking pipes underground between the meter and the house
Leaks in or around the home are your responsibility and should be repaired as soon as possible by a reputable plumber. The water meters installed in the Papakura region are manufactured to a very high quality and provide a reliable, accurate measure of water consumption.
Should you experience water loss due to a concealed leak, we will consider your written application, and subject to certain conditions, provide a one-off adjustment to your account. This does not generally apply to faulty internal plumbing such as leaking taps, toilet cisterns and hot water overflow systems.
> Apply for a leak allowance