The Western Australian Government has praised the success of new leak detection technology in Manjimup, with State Water Minister Bill Marmion saying the technology has already saved millions of litres of water since its installation in October last year.

The technology, known as a data logger, recently detected a major internal plumbing leak at the Moonya Lodge, which would have lost the equivalent of six Olympic-sized swimming pools of water a year.

“The data logger alerted the Water Corporation to a continuous flow, which usually indicates there is a leak present,” Mr Marmion said. 

“In this case, a burst internal pipe hidden under the driveway was concealing a huge leak which would have lost more than 13.5 million litres a year had it not been detected. This would have more than doubled normal water use at the site.”