Rain Drops Keep Falling

che 24 January 2008 7

The Chief Minister of the ACT Environment has put out this media release on an increase in the rebate for rain water tanks. An extra $200 will be available in rebates after 1 Feb 2008. The rebate is available when you hook the tank up to flush the toilet (requires a plumber) and is $750 for tank sizes of 2,000-3,999 litres, $900 for 4,000-8,999 litres and $1000 for 9,000 litres or greater.

My neighbours bought two little tanks (1200L? each) in mid December and they have been sitting unconnected until just last week and I just keep on thinking about all the rain they were missing out on. Luckily for them we got all that rain on Friday and Saturday, and it topped up my 4500L tank nicely.

So who will be rushing out and getting themselves a rain water tank now, and if so who are you going to. I got mine through Get Tanked and they were really good, any other good or bad experiences? What about the “do it yourself” crowd, is it worth it?

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7 Responses to Rain Drops Keep Falling
caf caf 9:01 pm 24 Jan 08


Pandy Pandy 8:07 pm 24 Jan 08

Wont ACTEW charge you for the water revenue lost?

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 3:49 pm 24 Jan 08

“Your subsidy was built into the slightly lower price of the land”
Almost choked reading that one caf…seen the prices out here lately??
Anyway, I’m not asking for a subsidy on the 4500 litres required under the development conditions – just the balance that would otherwise be owing for doubling the minimum size.
CMO’s staff replied that the doubling would result in “negligible increased benefit to water consumption”.
The science behind THAT claim was not referenced in their reply.

51modelBloke 51modelBloke 3:43 pm 24 Jan 08

oops stuffed up that link… should be http://www.snopes.com. I’ll work it out one day.

Is there a user guide available?

51modelBloke 51modelBloke 3:40 pm 24 Jan 08

I don’t know whether there is any substance to the rumour, but apparently if you apply for a subsidy you then are registered as having water storage facilities and the government (ACT) will/can tax you for it.

Supposedly they can tax you for water which hasn’t been in contact with the ground. Not sure how they calculate how much to tax you, but as said it is a rumour. Perhaps can dispel the rumour?

caf caf 2:59 pm 24 Jan 08

Your subsidy was built into the slightly lower price of the land, due to the tank requirement on it.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 2:04 pm 24 Jan 08

Che, if you build in a greenfield suburb where there is a mandatory tank minimum, you get no subsidy at all – even if you double the minimum.

Our 9000 litre tank – subsidy = $0 Sux!

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