How to Avail Water Tank Rebates in Australia

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As the Australian government acknowledge the many benefits of having water tanks installed in many establishments or residences, the National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative will be granting rebates to homeowners wishing to have one in their home.

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How to Avail Water Tank Rebates in Australia

  1. 1. How to Avail Water Tank Rebates in Australia As the Australian government acknowledge the many benefits of having water tanks installed in many establishments or residences, the National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative will be granting rebates to homeowners wishing to have one in their home. As part of the Water for the Future initiative, the Government is delivering the National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative to help people use water wisely in their everyday lives. The government will provide rebates of up to $500 for households to install rainwater tanks or greywater systems. Also, they will grant to surf life saving clubs of up to $10,000 to install a rainwater tank or undertake a larger water saving project. The rebates of up to $500 are available to households for either the purchase and installation of a new rainwater tank.
  2. 2. You may want to hurry because the department may cease or amend the program at any stage; it is expected that applications will not be accepted after March 31st in the year 2014. And while 2014 may seem far away, it is best to take the initiative today; you should fully comply with all the eligibility requirements to get the discount. The rebate is considered ineligible when the dwelling where the rainwater tank/s or greywater system is installed is owned by a state, territory or Commonwealth authority; or the rebate under the National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative has previously been paid for that dwelling. Here are some of the things you should consider when applying for a water tank rebates: * Owners of a strata title dwelling within a body corporate or retirement village are eligible to claim a rebate for a rainwater tank
  3. 3. or greywater system installed at their individual place of residence, but the body corporate or management may not claim a rebate for a rainwater tank or greywater system installed on common property. * Applicants should not assume that they will receive a rebate on submitting an application. The Department will decide whether an applicant satisfies the eligibility requirements as set out in these Guidelines and reserves the right to request further information to make this decision. * The Department may require the applicant to present reasonable evidence to support their application for the rebate. * Requests from the Department for further evidence may be made after the payment of the rebate but not later than twenty four (24) months after the payment. This may include
  4. 4. allowing an authorised inspector access to the property to inspect the installation of the new rainwater tank/s or greywater system. The most suitable rainwater tank or greywater system for each residence will depend on individual circumstances and local/state/territory government requirements. The yield of each tank or system will depend on a range of factors including rainfall, roof size, garden characteristics and number of people in the household. Location-specific needs should be taken into account and applicants should consider obtaining external advice. You will be offered rebates of up to $500 for new rainwater tanks or greywater systems purchased after 30 January 2009 by The National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative. The criterias for eligibility are as follows: • The purchase and installation of a new
  5. 5. rainwater tank/s which is connected to the toilet and/or laundry by a licensed plumber (‘plumbed in’ as defined in definitions section). • The purchase and installation of a greywater system, (as defined in definitions section) which is installed by a licensed plumber. For successful application, you must be the owner of the house where the rainwater tank/s or greywater system has been installed and never had had a rebate claimed through this program before, and your place of residence should be yours privately and is not owned by a government authority. Grab this rare opportunity today and help conserve water!

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