New rainwater tank policy in Wollongong
October 03, 2007
Wollongong City Council (Australia) has recently adopted a rainwater tank policy to encourage its residential, commercial and industrial communities to increase the capture and reuse of stormwater on their properties.
The new policy provides guidance for the installation and maintenance of rainwater tanks and gutter storage systems.
The policy complements the New South Wales Government Building Sustainability Index and BASIX Guidelines, by recommending minimum capacities for the installation of rainwater tanks and gutter storage systems, and encouraging the connection to hot water services, toilets and laundries.
Under the new policy, development application fees will be waived where the application only relates to the rainwater tank. The expected benefits of this action are an increase in the sustainable use of water resources and a reduction in stormwater pollution entering local waterways.
ICLEI has an international freshwater Water Campaign that aims to build the capacity of local governments to reduce water consumption and improve local water quality. In Australia, the Campaign is delivered in collaboration with the Australian Government, the Government of Western Australia, City West Water, South East Water, Yarra Valley Water and the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board. Wollongong is one of the 100 participants presently in the Campaign. For more information on ICLEI’s Water Campaign in Australia, please visit www.iclei.org/index.php?id=water_home.
Wollongong is one of 105 local governments in Australia that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the Oceania Region, please visit www.iclei.org/oceania.
Source: “Wollongong City Council’s new rainwater tank policy”, ICLEI Oceania XX.