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Ask RiotACT: Individual property pipe maps

By ohz0ne - 15 December 2015 6

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Hi all — long time lurker, first time poster.

We moved into a house in October and I’m having trouble figuring out the water taps in the backyard. The problem is none of them work!

I’ve found one water outlet underneath a shrub but when you turn the handles no water. Same goes for another freestanding tap closer to the house. A tap attached to the house works fine.

I’ve found the mains switch out the front of the house, but it seems there must be another shutoff valve somewhere else that dictates the two taps in the backyard. I’ve done a visual check of small shrubs etc to see if i could find it, but the backyard is an area alone of some 800 sq metres so it could be anywhere.

Option might be to get a cheapie metal detector and follow the pipe from the tap that isn’t working and see where it leads to.

Before I call in a plumber does anyone know whether ACTEW would have a pipe map that one can buy? I’m certain you can buy one for the street, but don’t know if they would keep records for each property?

Other than that, it might be a job for a plumber to call up and help.

What’s Your opinion?


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6 Responses to
Ask RiotACT: Individual property pipe maps
anthony 5:06 pm 03 Jan 17

hi
sewage and storm water plans would be available from
Phone 02 6207 6907
Customer Services | Access Canberra
Environment, Planning and Land
Building Services
8 Darling Street, Mitchell | GPO Box 158 Canberra ACT 2601
They have an archive of existing hydraulic information from most properties in Canberra.
Water supply plans would normally only be available for commercial properties.
I HOPE THIS HELPS.

WTC 6:31 am 21 Dec 15

Are you in an older area?

If so i would be guessing that the taps in the back yard are part of the original Gal pipe system that has since been replaced with copper or pex.

You should definitely only have one water meter onto the property.

Sometimes they show the main water supply with your sewer and stormwater connections which you can find at http://www.planning.act.gov.au/tools_resources/legislation_plans_registers/registers/plumbing_tie_search

Rather than spending money on a cheap metal detector I would call a plumber. A good plumber will have an accurate pipe locator that can give you a depth reading and all. Alternatively you could try water dividing with two sticks of silver solder assuming that there is still water in the lines.

If the taps are connected to Gal pipes you could dig new trenches prior to the plumber turning up to save on labour. You could also book online to save 10% off the service call fee at http://www.watertightcanberra.com.au ? Yes, that’s my company and a personal plug.

bronal 4:03 pm 15 Dec 15

Another thing. As the taps are in the backyard, they will most likely be connected to the rear house tap, which in turn will be connected to the laundry/bathroom piping (assuming the laundry and the bathroom are at the back of the house).

In that case, ACTEW (?Icon) plans may not be relevant.

chewy14 2:40 pm 15 Dec 15

Dial Before You Dig.

Holden Caulfield 2:10 pm 15 Dec 15

You should be able to source the relevant plumbing plans from Actew and (from memory of past experiences) this shouldn’t cost you anything.

Although, if the mains tap has been located and is working as expected then your issue may be unique to your property. If that’s the case I doubt Actew would know or care too much about your problem.

Has the house been renovated since its original construction? It could be as simple as the existing taps are no longer connected after a reno or other modification work.

bronal 11:56 am 15 Dec 15

From memory, your house plan should show the alignment for water and sewerage, but my guess is that the additional taps would have been installed after occupancy and so would therefore not show up on any plan.

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