Drip, drip, drip… The sound of a leaking tap might seem insignificant, but did you know it can rob you of up to 2,000 litres of water each month? Now, that’s a villainous act against both your wallet and the environment!

And it doesn’t stop there. Your toilet cistern, playing a deceptive double role, can be an even bigger culprit, running away with over 16,000 litres of your precious H2O each year.

Let’s roll up our sleeves and dive into the world of water leak detection – it’s time to bring these sneaky water bandits to justice and save not just your pennies, but also our planet.


In the realm of water conservation, Wizard Leak Detection stands as a shining beacon in Perth and the surrounding areas. Recognized as the leading experts in leak detection, their proficiency is matched only by their commitment to safeguarding our precious water resources.

With a magic touch that transforms wastage into savings, the team at Wizard Leak Detection is the first line of defence against water bandits. Their ability to identify and rectify both visible and hidden leaks has earned them the title of the best leak detectors in the region.

Armed with cutting-edge technology and an unparalleled understanding of water systems, they’ve turned the tide in countless water conservation battles.

Whether it’s a residential property or a commercial establishment, no challenge is too big or too small for Wizard Leak Detection. When it comes to protecting our water, they are the wizards we trust. See our page about our water leak detection service here.

On the Trail of Visible Water Bandits

Our first group of culprits are what we lovingly call the “visible water bandits.” These are leaks you can spot with the naked eye during your routine checks. They’re the show-offs, the ones that brazenly flaunt their water wasting ways without any concern for discretion.


Taps or showers with an insatiable thirst for drip-dancing: These mischievous bandits create a rhythmic sound that echoes throughout the house. It’s a symphony of waste, a dance of drops that can cost gallons of water over time.

Toilet cisterns with a penchant for running marathons: These bandits are the endurance athletes of the water world. Whether it’s due to a sticky button or a faulty valve, they keep the water running, creating a waterfall of waste in your bathroom.

Urinals with an incessant flow of water: These culprits are notorious in public restrooms. Their constant flow, often due to worn seals or faulty valves, makes them a major contributor to water waste.

Rogue wet areas where water is not in use: These bandits make their presence known in the most conspicuous of ways – through puddles on the ground or damp patches on paving. They’re the water world’s graffiti artists, leaving their mark wherever they go.

Sprinklers bubbling like a cauldron or broken sprinklers: These bandits love to keep the party going, even when the irrigation system should be at rest. They’re the nocturnal creatures of the water world, creating a wet mess while everyone else is asleep.

Water seeping from plant or equipment while operating: These bandits are the silent assassins. They steal water right under your nose, causing significant waste over time.

Running water in drains or from plants or equipment when turned off: These culprits are the ghosts of the water world. Even when you think you’ve turned everything off, they keep the water flowing, leading to unnecessary waste.

Unmasking the Hidden Water Bandits

Our second group of culprits are the elusive “hidden water bandits.” They’re harder to spot, but we’ve got some tricks up our sleeve to catch them in the act:


  1. Garden or lawn areas that are suspiciously greener than their surroundings: These bandits are the masters of disguise. They hide their water theft by making your garden or lawn appear unusually lush and green.
  2. Spongy areas of lawn that feel like a marsh underfoot: These culprits are the marsh monsters. They turn patches of your lawn into spongy marshland, indicating an underlying water leak.
  3. Puddles or wet spots that seem to have sworn a vow of permanence: These bandits are the stubborn ones. Despite your best efforts to dry the area, they keep the puddles and wet spots coming, hinting at a hidden water leak.
  4. Damp patches on walls that appear like abstract art: These culprits are the artists of the water world. They create damp patches on your walls, turning your home into a gallery of water waste.

The faint whisper of running water when all should be still: These bandits are the phantom whispers. They’re almost impossible to detect, but if you listen carefully, you might hear the faint sound of running water, indicating a hidden leak.

Conducting the Sting Operation: The Leak Test


When whispers of water wastage grow louder, and the signs point to an invisible water bandit, it’s time to roll out the big guns – the Leak Test.

This operation, ideally performed during the stealth of the night or non-operating hours, is your secret weapon against these elusive culprits.

Here’s your step-by-step guide to conducting this undercover mission:

    1. Establish a temporary truce with all water-using appliances and fixtures: This is the first step in setting the stage for your sting operation. Make sure to turn off all potential water sources. This includes equipment, taps, air conditioners, and sprinklers. Even the seemingly innocuous drip of a leaky faucet can compromise the accuracy of your leak test.
    2. Spy on your water meter: Your water meter is the snitch that will spill the beans on any water bandits. Before you begin the leak test, note down the current reading on your water meter. This will serve as your reference point in identifying any potential water leaks.
    3. Wait for the perfect moment to strike: Like any good sting operation, timing is crucial. Ideally, you should leave the water turned off for as long as possible. Overnight is the best, but if that’s not feasible, even an hour can provide valuable clues.
    4. Uncover the truth: After the waiting period, take another reading from your water meter. If the meter has pulled a fast one on you, indicating a change in the reading even though all water sources were turned off, you have a leak on your hands. It’s time to call in the professionals to help you catch the culprit.

    Call in the Cavalry: Waterwise Plumbers and Garden Irrigators

    If your sting operation reveals a leak, it’s time to call in the cavalry. Waterwise plumbers, armed with the latest leak detection equipment, are the bounty hunters of the water world. They can help you track down and fix the issue, ensuring that your home or business is leak-free.

    For those stubborn irrigation leaks that love to play hide-and-seek in your garden, enlist the services of a Waterwise Garden Irrigator. They are the specialists who know how to navigate the labyrinth of your irrigation system, finding and fixing leaks that may be causing water wastage.

    Once the leak is fixed, some companies even offer a leak allowance. This is a form of financial relief designed to soften the blow on your water bill. It’s a nod to your efforts in identifying and fixing the leak, ensuring that you aren’t penalized for the misdeeds of a water bandit.


    Water and our Planet – Conservation Fun Facts or are they?

    In the grand orchestra of life, water is the maestro, conducting the symphony of existence. Yet, we are perilously close to losing this vital conductor, with two-thirds of the world’s population projected to face water scarcity by 2025​​.

    But why? What are the invisible strings pulling us towards this precipice?

    Agriculture, the world’s oldest profession, has become its thirstiest, consuming 70% of the planet’s accessible freshwater and wasting a shocking 60% of that​.

    Then there’s industry, gulping down another 23% of our water resources, while municipal use makes up the rest​. It’s like a pie that’s being eaten faster than it can be baked.

    water flowing in a river

    The average family guzzles down 320 gallons of water every day, enough to fill half a standard swimming pool in a year​​. And it’s not just about what we consume directly. Our lifestyles, our choices, and our desires all leave a water footprint. For instance, the cultivation and processing of corn for ethanol, a renewable fuel, consumes a staggering 170 gallons of water for every gallon produced​. That’s like pouring nearly three bathtubs of water into your car’s gas tank every time you fill up!

    Water doesn’t come cheap, either. In Nairobi, the urban poor pay 10 times more for water than in New York​. A grim reminder that not all water glasses are filled equally, and the scales of water justice are often tipped.

    Landscaping and outdoor water use, especially in dry climates, are major culprits. They can account for up to 60% of a household’s water use, with an average home consuming 58,000 gallons of water outdoors each year, mainly for irrigation​. In the world, an estimated  8.5 billion gallons of water per country are used daily by households for outdoor purposes​.

    Golf courses and swimming pools are notable water hogs. The average water use for golf course irrigation in the  is estimated to be 2.08 billion gallons per day​​, and each swimming pool loses about 1,000 gallons a month to evaporation alone, not to mention the 22,000 gallons it takes to fill one up​​. A 7 mph wind at the pool’s surface can increase evaporation losses by 300%​. But simple solutions like installing a pool cover can save 90% – 95% of pool and spa water lost to evaporation​.

    However, it’s not just about conservation at the individual level. Systemic changes are also critical. By increasing the reuse of treated wastewater, we can significantly reduce our freshwater withdrawals.

    In terms of policy, legislation can encourage water-efficient appliances and practices. A family of four can save between 53,000 to 95,000 gallons per year by switching from conventional toilets to newer, more efficient ones​.

    Countries need to re-evaluate their water usage as well. For instance​, Ultimately, as the world’s highest per capita water consumer, using 2,842 cubic meters annually​​, the U.S. has a significant role to play in leading global water conservation efforts. It’s not just about saving water; it’s about preserving life. Our choices, our policies, and our innovations can all contribute to keeping the conductor’s baton waving, ensuring the symphony of life continues to play.

    Water conservation isn’t just about turning off the tap while brushing our teeth. It’s a complex issue requiring both individual and collective action. It’s about understanding the invisible water embedded in our food, our energy, our landscapes, and even our leisure activities. It’s about realizing that every drop counts, and every choice we make can ripple outwards, shaping the future of our thirsty planet.

    In Conclusion

    The war against water wastage is a battle we all must fight.

    Our planet’s water resources are under unprecedented strain, and every drop we save makes a significant difference.

    From the visible bandits that brazenly steal water right before our eyes, to the hidden culprits lurking in the shadows, we have the tools and the techniques to bring them to justice.

    Water dripping from a tap

    Remember, the first step to combating water wastage is awareness. Be vigilant. Look out for the signs. Conduct the leak tests. And don’t hesitate to call in the professionals when you need to. Our Waterwise heroes, with their expertise and equipment, are always ready to help you out.

    By making a conscious effort to save water, we’re not just helping our wallets or our immediate surroundings. We’re contributing to a global effort, ensuring that our blue planet stays blue for generations to come.

    So let’s pull up our socks, roll up our sleeves, and continue this fight against water wastage. Because every drop counts, and so does every action we take to conserve it.

    Let’s make every drop and every action count.