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Free plumber pilot service nearly full subscribed

Monday March 24 2014

The scheme is being run by the Palmerston North City Council in association with the Master Plumbers Association Manawatū which will provide the expertise and attend callouts.

Water asset engineer Dora Luo says residents who have leaky taps and are after advice on good water use are being encouraged to take up the offer.

The aim of the project is to raise awareness of the need to conserve water, and reduce leaks which contribute to water wastage."

"In the last decade we have had two major droughts and we're currently in another very dry period. These events are a good reminder that water is a finite resource and that our climate is changing."

Dora Lou says appointments are available for one day each fortnight on Tuesdays during April and May 2014.

It is a case of first in, first served although Gold Card and Community Service Card holders will take priority. The free work is limited to 30 minutes per household for replacing leaky tap or hose washers only.

"Already 97 residents have registered an interest and only a few appointments remain."

"The reduction of leakage and increasing knowledge about using water smartly will help defer the needs for new water infrastructure and sustain our water resources for future generations" says Dora.

People interested in having leaky taps fixed under this scheme should call the Palmerston North City Council on 352 8787 during normal business hours up until 28 March to book an appointment.