Rebates for residents on the northern rivers who buy and install rainwater tanks at their homes have been doubled.
Rous Water has announced that from April 1 rebate offers for different-sized types of tanks amounting to between $200 and $1,000 came into effect.
Before April 1, the rebate ranged from $100 to $500, again depending on the tank’s capacity.
Rous Water says further rebates are available of $620 for a toilet and/or $550 for a washing machine if they are connected to the tank.
This lifts the maximum possible rebate from $1,500 previously to $2,170 from this month.
To be eligible for the rebate, the home must be connected to town water in local-government areas of Byron, Ballina, Lismore or Richmond Valley. The owner or manager of the property has to apply.
Further information and application forms are available on the Rous Water website at http://www.rouswater.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-MMI-20-73-23
If you plan on drinking the rainwater from the tank you get zero rebate. Apparently rainwater “might” be unhealthy to drink and Rous do not want to be connected with any health mishap. Rous still want you to buy their chlorinated & fluoridated water for drinking.
Typically, these bonuses only apply to those who don’t really need rainwater tanks.
What about a rebate to those who are actually supplying their own necessities ?