11 Jul, 2012
Category: Save Water at Home
Rainwater tanks can store water run-off from your roof for use around the home or garden. Installing a rainwater tank, together with other household water saving devices, can reduce your household water use by up to 25 per cent and save around $50 a year on water bills.
If you're building a new home, installing a rainwater tank can help you achieve the minimum regulatory requirements of the 5 Star Standard. To meet the 5 Star Standard with a rainwater tank, the capacity must be a minimum or 2,000 liters with a minimum roof catchment area of 50 square meters.
Rainwater can be used flushing your toilet, watering your garden or for use in washing machines. You should test rainwater for portability (drinking quality) before you considering drinking it.
Why use rainwater?
The best reason for using rainwater is that it is free and, if not captured in a tank, it is a vital resource that literally goes down the drain. Rainwater tanks are an increasingly common feature in gardens around Australia. Despite the initial cost, installing a rainwater tank can save you money by reducing your water bill in the long-term, and help save the environment.
If you're building a new home, installing a 2000 liter or more rainwater tank for toilet flushing is one of the options to achieve the minimum regulatory requirements of the 5 Star Standard. The Victorian Government offers rebates of $150 on the purchase of rainwater tanks (600 liter minimum) that are installed by a licensed plumbing practitioner.
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