Rainwater tanks are becoming a more common feature in the lower Hunter, with around 25% of households installing a tank on their property. Rainwater tanks not only save precious drinking water, but also have an important role in managing and treating stormwater quality in our cities.
Why use rainwater?
Using rainwater can reduce your water bills as rainwater is free.
Collecting rainwater allows you to be prepared for times of low rainfall, so you can still maintain your garden, especially if there are water restrictions in your area.
Capturing rainwater reduces the load on stormwater systems because roof runoff is not flushed into the drains.
Rainwater tanks reduce reliance on Hunter Water’s drinking water supplies.
Benefits of installing a rainwater tank
- Saves large amounts of water which can be used in the garden or in the home.
- Requires a relatively simple system which is easy to use.
- During the wet season, when the garden doesn't need any extra watering, rainwater can be connected to the house and used for toilet flushing as well as in the laundry.
- Rainwater is also suitable for use in pools and for washing cars.
- In some rural areas, it is possible to use rainwater for all domestic uses, and not draw upon the mains supply.
Follow these links for more information on uses for rainwater, selecting a rainwater tank, and advice and issues around rainwater tanks.