Published 9 May 2006
Residential developers who install rainwater tanks could soon be eligible for a partial refund of their development levies under a proposal which the Auckland City Council’s works & services committee endorsed last week.
The council would refund developers $1000 once an approved rainwater tank was installed for non-potable water supply within a development. Along with savings on water & wastewater charges under current Metrowater policies, this would allow the payback period for the investment in the tank to be reduced to 3-6 years, depending on the type & size of dwelling.
“This programme aims to encourage conservation and re-use of water, which will benefit the environment and reduce costs for residents,” works & services committee chairman Neil Abel said.
The council has produced a manual gving developers information about rainwater tanks, and the standards & specifications required. The manual also contains an application form and information on how to apply for the refund.
The proposal requires approval by the full council through its long-term plan before being launched. The long-term plan is due to be finalised in June, allowing for a start to the tanks programme on 1 July of it’s approved.
Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.