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Increase in home water tanks....

The Australian Bureau of Statistics says there has been a marked increase in the number of households installing rainwater tanks.

The latest survey by the ABS found 26 per cent of Australian households are using rainwater tanks as a water source, up from 19 per cent three years ago.

It found more rainwater tanks were installed in Queensland and Victorian homes over the last three years than anywhere else in the nation.

Statistician Eric Morris says the spike has been driven by building codes and incentives.

"There had been a gradual increases in installation of water tanks over a number of years and then suddenly, especially in Victoria and Queensland, installations really [have] taken off in the last few years," he said.

"What that has got a lot to do with is the fact that some building codes are now coming out saying you should put a water tank into your building and a lot of incentives when you are building to do so."

Mr Morris says almost half of all South Australian homes use tank water.

"When we look at the age of the dwelling when people install tanks in it is very interesting, dwellings of less than one year old have got a very high installation rate," he said.





Football fans kick for cash

SIX contestants will be punting for $3000 cash in the Bendigo Advertiser Kick for Cash at tomorrow’s Bendigo Football Netball League grand final at the QEO.

It will not be an easy task as Adrian Devereaux, Matt Hermann, Shane Jackson, Luke Owens, Ian Symons and Jackson White have just one kick at the Water Store tank from a 40m distance. Bendigo FNL chief executive officer Steven Oliver said the football must land in the tank on the full, and stay in the tank.

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Beyond Reasonable Drought

Beyond Reasonable Drought is a touring exhibition organised by the Many Australian Photographers (MAP) Group. It features a fantasic collection of images from around Australia cataloguing the effect of the drought on rural people. View Photographs

Drought on Oxley Station by Michael Amendolia 


Water prices to rise

Opposition water supply spokesman Peter Walsh says he believes annual domestic water bills would increase to $1000 in some regions in the coming years. ''Victorians will pay an average of $133 extra a year in their water bills to pay for the Wonthaggi desalination plant and the failed north-south pipeline,'' says Mr Walsh.

''Despite the price increase, there will be no increase in concession rates making families, pensioners and low-income earners particularly vulnerable.''

Source: The Age

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Up to $1000 in water tank rebates

The Victorian Government is providing rebates on water tanks installed by plumbers.

You will also be pleased to know that the Government has announced additional funding for 5000 rainwater tank rebates of up to $1000 in Victoria where tanks are connected to the laundry and/or toilet.  These rebates will supplement the existing Water Smart Gardens and Homes Rebate Scheme and the same terms and conditions apply.

In addition, from 1 July 2010, the rebate for efficient dual flush toilets will double through the Water Smart Gardens and Homes Rebate Scheme.

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