We carry out planned pressure management in areas that have very high operating pressure, typically 2 bar or higher (a level above twice the legal minimum) . We gradually reduce the water pressure over a period of weeks.
This additional water pressure puts unnecessary stress on our water network and can cause bursts, which can lead to interruptions to supplies, road works and traffic problems.
What should my water pressure be?
We are legally required to supply a minimum water pressure of 7 meters head (0.7 bar) to your boundary stop tap. Pressure is measured in bars and 1 bar will push water to a height of 10 metres to your home. Water pressure is measured at the point where it leaves our pipework and flows through your outside stop tap or property boundary.
If you are not on a joint supply, your neighbours should have the same water pressure as you, provided your houses are of very similar height and the same distance from the point where our water main is located. Your water flow is individual to your property and may differ from your neighbours.