City Leak Detection
Crews continually work at fire hydrants and valves to find any potential water leaks throughout Concord. Finding hidden leaks helps to conserve water from our water source at Penacook Lake. Stopping leaks also prevents the waste of City treated water and reduces the efforts and costs of excessive pumping. Water service will not be interrupted unless a leak is found. Notice will be given if a leak is found before repair. The City of Concord is not responsible for leaks found within private property.
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is funding a leak detection survey this month to inspect City owned piping for detectable leaks. A service contractor will be surveying fire hydrants through the month to listen for any potential leaks. Surveying will occur at all hours, but high traffic areas will be conducted during late night or early morning hours for minimal disturbance. Residents may see the contractor drive out to hydrants, place listening devices on the hydrants for 5-15 minutes to listen, drive away to continue to place listening devices, and then drive back to remove the device. If a potential leak is heard, the City of Concord will come to the site to find valve mains to confirm if a leak is present. The City will fix any leaks on water mains and lines owned by the City. If a leak is found from the back of the sidewalk to the house, it is the property owner’s responsibility to repair the leak. The City of Concord is only responsible for the maintenance and repair of water lines in the Right of Way, which is typically from the street to the back of the sidewalk (up to the vicinity of the curb box). Approximately 61 miles of water mains will be inspected downtown (Penacook Street to Pleasant Street, east towards Fort Eddy Road, and west towards Liberty Street) and in the south end (south from Pleasant Street to the Bow town line, west from Pleasant Street to the Bow town line, and east from Pleasant Street to Water Street). It is crucial for the City to maintain infrastructure to continue to deliver safe drinking water throughout Concord, and also important to conserve water resources. Conversation efforts save the City money, which in turn saves the community money!
Household Leak Detection
We are doing our part to stop leaks, you can too! Leaks decrease the water available for consumption and cause outrageous utility bills. Check for leaks around the home by reading your water meter and inspecting your toilet, faucets, shower head, and even irrigation system.
Sprinkler Spruce Up
Don't ignore water pooling in your yard or soggy areas, this could be a sign of an irrigation leak! Help "spruce-up" Concord by saving water and promoting a healthy landscape.
Inspect your sprinkler system, check connections, direct sprinkler heads towards landscaped areas, and select WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers to help you water your lawn smarter.
A little maintenance can go a long way! Contact a certified irrigation professional if you need any help inspecting, connecting, directing, or selecting to help Concord promote healthy water-efficient landscapes.
Visit our WaterSense page for information about how you can save water and participate in the EPA WaterSense's Sprinkler Spruce-Up.