Money trickles back to region's water tank investors
MONEY will trickle back into the pockets of residents who install new rainwater tanks in the next 12 months, in a council bid to improve water conservation.
Councillors unanimously moved a motion to extend the water tank rebate scheme at yesterday's general council meeting.
The extent of the rebate is based on the size of the water tank installed.
Councillor Yve Stocks asked yesterday's meeting to consider including rainwater tanks that were not connected to a house in the scheme.
"I know a person who has bought two very large tanks and put them on their shed. That person spent a lot of money to put those tanks in... but they are not entitled to the rebate,” Cr Stocks said. "There would be a lot of people in that position.”
But Southern Downs Regional Council CEO David Keenan said the purpose of the scheme was reduce pressure on the reticulated water system.
"The preference is that tanks be connected to the house,” he said.
Cr Neil Meiklejohn said as water restrictions increased, outdoor water usage would be banned.
"The real benefit in having rain water tanks is to reduce in-house consumption,” he said.
The water tank rebate was implemented as part of the 2017/2018 budget. It was one of the key recommendations of a water security assessment conducted by the Queensland Government Department of Energy and Water Supply.
The decision to extend the rebate comes as Warwick and Killarney continue to exceed water consumption targets, according to the most recent Engineering Services Department Monthly Report.
"Hopefully we can get that message across for people to be more water conscious,” councillor Rod Kelly said.