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Farmers want towns to share their pain

FARMERS want Victorian cities and towns using irrigation water for domestic supplies to share their pain.

Water from the Goulburn and Campaspe river systems are flowing to drought-hit Bendigo and Ballarat.

But neither regional city is among 13 Victorian towns facing restrictions.

Victorian Farmers Federation water council chairman Richard Anderson said irrigators had low allocations and were facing worse next year.

“It is not a good look when it so desperately dry to drive into town and see sprinklers going on nature strips,” Mr Anderson said. “It is silly not to be saving water when storages are running down.”

Read the rest of the article here.


World wide water consumption is 18% higher previously thought.

Water consumption worldwide is 18% higher than previously estimated, and researchers in Sweden say that this rate is unsustainable.  Find more by reading this article 


Trickle Filter for the Melbourne Aquarium

Complete trickle filterRecently we were asked to design a trickle filter for the Melbourne Aquarium.  The filter needed to be made from plastic because it is chemically inert (non-reactive).  

Our 900lt tank was used to do the job.  The tank is fitted with a fully fabricated dispersion plate secured with nylon bolts.

This filter was a 'one off" item that couldn't be found elsewhere.  We often make up custom products for different industries for "one off" requirements.

Inside FilterView of Dispersion PlateFilter showing nylon bolts


Queensland State Government review on water tanks


Queensland’s rainwater tank industry has welcomed a review of Queensland’s laws mandating rainwater tanks on new buildings and has called on the government to make it even stronger by extending the use of rainwater tanks to include hot water systems.

The review has the potential to save Queensland $16.4 billion in operating, renewal and augmentation costs for water and stormwater infrastructure throughout South East Queensland by 2056 according to research commissioned by The Water Tank Group and Rainwater Harvesting Association of Australia (RHAA).

Industry advisor Dr Peter Coombes analysed the costs and benefits of rainwater tanks in Queensland. The research shows residential water use in South East Queensland can be reduced by 137 GL to 2056 which will increase the resilience and security of the state’s water supplies.

Leisa Donlan, Chief Executive Officer of the Water Tank Group hopes that the review extends to considering the adoption of rainwater tanks for a wide number of uses including hot water systems. Ms Donlan said “this review is an opportunity to take advantage of the huge savings possible by using rainwater in tanks for household hot water systems for both existing and new homes.”

The use of rainwater tanks will reduce the cost of living by $13,770 per household for Queensland families.

Adding the use of rainwater for domestic hot water systems will increase water savings to 137 GL and economic savings to $16.4 Billion by 2056.

Reduced Cost of Living

Rainwater Harvesting Association of Australia (RHAA) Queensland Representative, Jackie Hammond, said just one example of the savings that can be achieved is the Callaghan family of Redland Bay who have connected their rainwater tank to their washing machine and saved $100 on their water bill in the first quarter.

Detailed site monitoring of residential homes with rainwater tanks throughout South East Queensland by Dr Peter Coombes over the last three years revealed water savings of 90,000 litres per home each year. This translates into annual household cost savings of over $167.

Rainwater Tank Facts

Since rainwater tanks were included in new homes in Queensland it is estimated that every year over 21

billion litres of water will be stored and used. This means 21 billion litres less of water to be supplied from expensive infrastructure and 21 billion litres less water to be dealt with in our stormwater systems.

By 2056, data from the Queen QWC estimates that South East Queensland will need an additional 927,400 homes.  By adopting rainwater tanks for use across all new homes for an extended purpose we can ultimately reduce water use by 137 billion litres annually.

Helping Finance Queensland’s Future

“With the state of Queensland facing significant financial challenges, the infrastructure and stormwater cost savings achieved by installing rainwater tanks can’t be ignored,” Miss Hammond said.

“The adoption of rainwater tanks in all new buildings has the potential to save Queensland Billions in future infrastructure expenses.”

The Water Tank Group and RHAA commissioned Dr Peter Coombes to conduct an analysis the costs and benefits of rainwater tanks in Queensland. Dr Coombes has also completed long term monitoring of the performance of households with rainwater tanks throughout South East Queensland.  A report on the findings will be available during August.

Results of the long term monitoring program have revealed that households with rainwater tanks to supply indoor uses have reduced household water use by an average of 90,000 Litres/annum – this exceeds the requirements of the current Queensland Development Code (MP2).

It was also found the existing houses with rainwater tanks reduced water use throughout SEQ by 21.2 GL and reduced the costs to the State of Queensland for water and stormwater infrastructure by $1.4 Billion.

Continuing with the current Queensland Development Code for rainwater tanks is expected to reduce water use by 107 GL and reduce infrastructure costs by $7.75 Billion to 2056. This would be a saving of $6,508 per household.

“The use of rainwater tanks reduces costs to the Queensland State Government whilst reducing the costs to provide and operate housing,” said Dr Coombes.

“Queensland’s large water assets including the desalination plant, remain an expensive white elephant while rainwater tanks have become a valuable and integral part of the water resources of the state. With the recent announcement that Australia’s East coast should expect another El Nino in 2013 and increasing population in the South East corner, it may not be too long before water tanks again help save our major cities from running out of water. By strengthening these regulations the Newman government can help save Queensland Billions and reduce the cost of living for Queensland families.”

About Dr Peter Coombes

Dr Coombes has spent more than 30 years dedicated to the development of systems understanding of the urban, rural and natural water cycles with a view to finding optimum solutions for the sustainable use of ecosystem services, provision of infrastructure and urban planning. He has been involved in a wide range of projects, advised many clients, providing strategic design, policy and economic advice to the satisfaction of governments and the development industry.

He was one of the architects of the new Victorian government water policy Living Melbourne, Living Victoria; and the recent report on water reform in the Greater Sydney region. Peter has served as a member of advisory group to the Prime Ministers Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, a member the advisory council on alternative water sources for the Victoria Government’s Our Water Our Future policy, a member of the advisory panel on urban water resources to the National Water Commission, an advisor on alternative water policy to the United Nations and a research leader of innovative WSUD strategies in the eWater CRC.

Dr. Coombes is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Newcastle and Melbourne University, and is the Managing Director of Bonacci Water and Urban Water Cycle Solutions.

About the review

The Queensland Government has announced a review of the current mandate requiring all new Queensland homes to achieve a water saving target. The vast majority of homes install a rainwater tank to meet this target.

The review was listed in the Government’s Six Month Action Plan - Getting Queensland Back on Track

For more information about this media release, visit ARMA's website here.


2012 Rural Water Innovation Awards

The awards are open to and seek to recognise and reward Victorian Rural Water users (licence/entitlement holders) who are demonstrating new and innovative methods or use of technology, water volume savings or increased productivity and return on investment.

The awards are recognised at both Regional and State level. Regional winners receive $500 cash prize and State winners receive $2000 cash prize.

Nominations are called for in the following categories:

  1. Irrigation district water users
  2. Groundwater users
  3. Surface water users*

Note: You must be an ongoing customer of Southern Rural Water, Lower Murray Water or Goulburn-Murray Water. *Not all areas may be eligible for prepresentation in each category.

Why enter?

Category winners receive:

  • Regional winners - $500 cash prize
  • State winners - $2000 cash prize
  • An award trophy engraved with the winner's name
  • Use of the 2012 Rural Water Innovation Awards winner logo on all stationery and collateral
  • Where appropriate, media and publicity opportunities
  • Disc of photos from the award presentation
  • Case study published on local water corporation website and in appropriate publications

Category runners up receive:

  • State level - $500 cash prize
  • A 2012 Rural Water Innovation Awards framed certificate
  • Use of 2012 Rural Water Innovation Awards finalist logo on all stationary and collateral
  • Where appropriate, media and publicity opportunities
  • Disc of photos from the award presentation

Want to know more?  Visit Goulburn Murray Water for more information.

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