I've never seen anyone inspecting a leak

Our leak checking team usually go out at night when it's quiet to find the leak by listening to the flow of water (a hissing or rumbling sound) escaping from the pipe.

Related Frequently Asked Questions

Why does it take a long time to fix a leak?

We may have to arrange an alternative water supply to customers and need to let them know how this will affect them. If roads need to be closed or diversions put in place we work with local authorities to make sure we keep the public safe. Sometimes problems also come up and we find we need different parts or equipment to fix the leak. When we dig down we sometimes find that other utilities near to the pipe are damaged, and they often have to be fixed first.

United Utilities - Why do you just leave leaks and not fix them straightaway?

We need to complete a number of checks, tests, get the right equipment and get permission from the council to divert traffic to be able to dig up the road.

Why don't you know where all the leaks are?

Underground pipes can leak and burst anywhere and sometimes are hard to find, so we really appreciate your extra help.