The solution is . . . send in the tanks

How ironic is this? I’ve been waiting for my new water tank to be installed. But after years of drought it has been delayed – by rain!

The solution is . . . send in the tanks – smh.com.au
By Stephanie Peatling, Environment Reporter, August 7, 2003

“Installing a 5000-litre rainwater tank in every Sydney home might put off the need for a new dam for up to 84 years, according to a study by engineers at the University of Newcastle. A team from the university’s Engineering Faculty, led by Peter Coombes, claims large savings can be made from using water from rainwater tanks for all household purposes except cooking and drinking. The tanks are not a panacea for Sydney’s thirst but they provide part of the solution.

Much has been made of a scheme, devised by the State Government and Sydney Water, to offer up to $500 to people who install tanks. But despite heavy promotion, only 500 rebates have been offered since the scheme began last year, and the Government has not promised to extend the rebate beyond its trial period.

The director of water engineering at the Institute for Environmental Resource Management at the University of Technology, Sydney, Simon Beecham, said tanks were the most efficient way of harvesting Sydney’s rainwater. ‘Rainwater is a wasted resource,’ he said. ‘If that water fell over the dams, Sydney Water would grab it and pump it into our houses.'”