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Sustainable Shoppers Guide to Rainwater Tanks

Posted in Opinion by Kate Archdeacon on June 4th, 2010

Source: cuttings, the Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) newsletter

From Cuttings, May 2010:

As summer becomes a distant memory and the weather begins to cool, many of us have been privy to an unusual phenomenon… rain! With all the wet stuff about, and some governments altering their water restrictions, we do tend to forget about water conservation and rain water harvesting… but, let me assure you, this is the time to think about it, not just in the warmer months! In fact, autumn and winter are excellent times to seriously consider installing rainwater tanks. If you have a rainwater tank in place now, think of all the H2O you’ll have ready to go come spring … it’s kind of like a ‘layby lifeline’ for your patch!

But with the huge range of tanks out there, heading out to buy a tank can be incredibly daunting. Luckily, SGA have come to the rescue, and have put together a ‘Sustainable Shoppers Guide’ to help you make the right rainwater decision for your place. So here is a swag of information on a number of commonly used, currently available rainwater tanks and their features, be they good, bad and ugly. Bear in mind that new products are released all the time, so, if the tank you are interested in ain’t on the list, just let us know, or pop on the forum and have a yarn!

Oh, and remember, with all tanks, it is recommended that you get a licensed plumber to install your tanks… it’s the only way to claim any Government rebates on the purchase price of your water holding wonder!

Go to “Tanks A Lot – The Sustainable Shoppers Guide to Rainwater Tanks” to see the results.

More comments on tanks and Melbourne’s water situation

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on September 10th, 2008

The abstract below is from an article written by Melissa Fyfe published in The Age that could be of interest to Sustainable Melbourne readers. It refers to a report commissioned by the State Government by consultants URS and was accessed by The Sunday Age using the freedom-of-information laws. I have no further links to this report / survey. To visit the full article go to

Rainwater tanks could save public $600m
Melissa Fyfe
The Age
August 10, 2008

TAXPAYERS would save more than $600 million if every new house and apartment block in Victoria was built with a rainwater tank, a State Government-commissioned study has found.

But the economic study found that conserving water was only a small bonus of widespread rainwater tanks. The biggest benefit would be in saving the Government millions of dollars in managing storm water.

The report analysed how much money would be saved if some rainwater was captured on private properties, instead of going down the drain. The rainwater that runs off Melbourne’s roofs and roads each year is roughly the same amount as the city uses, about 400 billion litres.

The report found that if each of Victoria’s new homes — expected to number 600,350 by 2050 — was built with a compulsory tank connected to the toilet, washing machine, shower and garden, the benefit would be worth $609 million in present-day value.

Desalination and water tank wars

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on September 3rd, 2008

A very interesting article was published in The Age recently about solutions to Melbourne’s water crisis. It discusses the big solutions versus the smaller (possibly distributed) ones. I’ve included some sections from the article below. To read the original article visit:

Desal and water tank wars
Royce Millar
The Age
August 25, 2008

DESALINATION and other big-ticket solutions to Melbourne’s water woes threaten to sideline alternatives, as a proposal to drop rainwater tanks is the subject of a row at the highest levels of State Government. “There are water tank wars going on,” a senior Government figure said, describing a debate being viewed as pivotal to the future of Victoria’s water planning. “With desalination plants and other water initiatives coming in, the rainwater tank has been singled out as something that may not be warranted in the future,” the figure said. …. The Age has obtained two confidential reports by University of Melbourne systems scientist and microbiologist Peter Coombes, which appear to challenge the Government’s big-project direction. Although his reports do not say it, their implication is that an alternative water strategy across Victoria could save taxpayers and home buyers billions of dollars by reducing reliance on expensive public water facilities. In one report he argues that previous simplistic estimates for water volumes generated by tanks in Melbourne are wrong, and badly misjudge the capability of tanks to supplement water supply. Although he refused to comment on the reports, Professor Coombes confirmed his work showed a tank in each Melbourne household could deliver a city-wide 120 gigalitres a year, more than twice previous estimates by water supplier Melbourne Water.

Mitch O’Sullivan speaks about Waterwalls at the recent Sustainble Cities Round Table

Posted in Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Ferne Edwards on September 2nd, 2008

Mitch O’Sullivan is the co-founder of Waterwall Solutions, the creators of modular rainwater storage systems for urban Australia. Innovative and contemporary in design, Waterwall products aim for maximum capacity, minimum footprint. As stated on the Waterwall website, “Whether using Waterwall as a fence, a feature, an under-eave tank or purely as rainwater storage in a narrow out of the way space…”. An important contribution in our water-thirsty cities, Mitch’s presentation was titled “Hey, What Do You Think About This Idea?“. More information about Waterwall Solutions can be found at Please find footage of Mitch’s presentation below.