At the completion of a demolition, it is important that the existing water meter on the property is secured with a standpipe, or is disconnected.
When a building is demolished, it is important that the water meter is secured and is not left as an open-ended service. Leaving it unsecured increases the potential for stolen water meters, wasted water and contamination of the water supply.
It is important that a licensed plumber is engaged to arrange for a standpipe to be installed with an internal flow regulator.
The best way to secure your water service is to apply for the water service to be disconnected.
For further details and the costs involved, see our information about applying to disconnect a service.
Under the law it is the owner's responsibility to ensure that each fitting, fixture or pipe on their property is maintained to avoid wasted water, a nuisance of health hazard.
Property owners are responsible for all water that passed through and is recorded on the water meter. Water use recorded on the meter will be charged to the owner. They will also be responsible for any costs should the meter or service be damaged in any way.