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Shared supply pipes

If you share a supply pipe with one or more of your neighbours, the flow of water at your tap may be low when your neighbours are also using water. This will be especially so if the supply pipe is in poor condition, or has too small a bore for the length of pipe. In this case you should consider:
  • Adding storage cisterns in the properties. This will help to even out the demands and lessen periods of peak flows.
  • Jointly with neighbours replace the existing pipework. The best long-term solution is to share the cost with your neighbours of having separate supplies installed to each property.
  • If you are buying a property it is best to check whether the water supply is a shared service so that you are aware that you may incur costs if there are any problems with the supply at a later date.

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