Rainwater tank rebate

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Attend a workshop, install a rainwater tank, and get a rebate!

Inner West Council’s Rainwater Tank Incentive Scheme—a workshop and rebate program—is available to all rate payers, residents and businesses in the local government area. It is currently funded by the Stormwater Management Service Charge (visit the Council Rates page for more information).

Sydney Water is currently offering an inexpensive 'retro fit' for your home. The WaterFix program offers a range of water saving services starting at just $132.

For more information about Council's rainwater tank rebate program, email urbanecology@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or phone 9392 5000.

How does the program work?

Council provides you with everything you need to know about rainwater tanks from choosing the right tank for you to how to claim rebates.

The individual rebate is determined by the volume of the tank(s) installed and how the water is used. Higher rebates are offered for larger tanks and those with internal plumbing to laundry, toilets and/or hot water*.

  • Standard rebate pays up to a maximum of $2,000
  • Low-income households—50% extra to the standard rebate up to $3,000 for applicants who hold a Commonwealth Health Care Card or a Pensioner Concession card
  • Multi-unit dwellings—an additional $500 for flats, units and apartments with the rebate based on the number of connections to a maximum of three (3), and amounting to a maximum of 20c per litre of tank size is paid to the body corporate for tanks installed on common property
Council rebate amounts and examples Council standard rebate Council low income rebate
Tank only 10c per litre 15c per litre
Example tank size: 2,000 litre tank Rebate $200 Rebate $300
Tank internally plumbed to 1 use—toilet(s) or laundry or hot water* 13c per litre 20c per litre
Example tank size: 2,500 litre tank Rebate $325 Rebate $500
Tank internally plumbed to 2 uses—toilet(s) and/or laundry and/or hot water* 18c per litre 27c per litre
Example tank size: 2,500 litre tank Rebate $450 Rebate $675
Tank internally plumbed to 3 uses—toilet(s) and laundry and hot water* 20c per litre 30c per litre
Example tank size: 10,000 litre tank Rebate $2,000 Rebate $3,000
Tanks used in common areas of flats, units and apartments Additional $500 flat rate to body corporate

* Plumbing into hot water is not always suitable. Check with your plumber.

 

Am I eligible for the rebate?

 

To be eligible for a rebate, the rainwater tank (or tanks) must:

  • Be within the Inner West Council local government area;

  • Be purchased on or after 1 July 2016 , OR;

  • Be purchased in or after 2008 if you’re a former Marrickville Council resident;

  • Have a combined minimum capacity of 2000 litres;

  • Be installed for water collection and use on site;

  • Be no larger than required;

  • Not be required as a condition of development consent;

  • Satisfy all relevant standards, building codes and Inner West Council requirements;

  • Be installed on a property that is rateable or on common property that forms part of a strata plan of rateable properties;

  • Be connected to any internal works by a registered plumber and proof supplied to Inner West Council as required in the ‘Application Form’; and

  • Remain installed and connected on the property for at least 5 years.

     

  • How do I apply for the rebate?

    There are five steps involved in applying for the rebate:

    1. Contact Council's Urban Ecology team at urbanecology@innerwest.nsw.gov.au and ask for the information pack. Make sure you are familiar with the entire pack before proceeding.

    2. Attend a free Rainwater Harvesting Workshop (see schedule below).

    3. Install your rainwater tank according to requirements in the information pack acquired in Step 1.

    4. Complete the rebate application form (provided with the information pack in Step 1) and send to urbanecology@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

    5. Await Council's reply to arrange a tank inspection. If the inspection is successful you will be notified and will receive your rebate within 3-4 weeks.

    When can I attend a workshop?

    Find out what's involved in designing and maintaining your own rainwater harvesting system! This free interactive workshop will give you all the information you need to set up your own rainwater tank, whether it be plumbed in to your house or simply installed for your garden.

    2018 Workshop Schedule:

     Date  Time  Location
     Thursday 8 March BOOKED OUT (waitlist available)  6-9pm  Marrickville
     Saturday 28 April BOOKED OUT (waitlist available)  9am-noon  Leichhardt
     Saturday 19 May BOOKED OUT (waitlist available)  9am-noon  Petersham 
     Saturday 16 June BOOKED OUT (waitlist available)  9am-noon  Ashfield
     Thursday 2 August BOOKED OUT (waitlist available)  6-9pm  Marrickville
     Saturday 8 September BOOKED OUT (waitlist available)  9am-noon  Marrickville
     Thursday 8 November  6-9pm  Ashfield

    Bookings are essential as numbers are limited.

    Please note: workshops available to Inner West Council residents only.

    To register, email the date, your name, best contact number and residential address to urbanecology@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

     

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