Vicki Dunne has put out a media release attacking changes to the water tank rebate scheme.
The whole thing is very confusing. The Government seems to have belatedly realised that only people with money can take advantage of a rebate scheme. The changes make watertanks economical only in new houses. In any event watertanks are uneconomical with the current government price of water and bring only warm fuzzies. Hence their predominant use by those who wish to cheat water restrictions in their gardens.
Vicki does make some interesting points about their use in general.
“If every household in Canberra had a tank we would store less than 1 per cent of the water we could store in the Tennent Dam. The cost of the tanks would build that dam twice over.”
But who cares about practicalities when there are warm fuzzies to go around.