Council Offers Water Tank Rebate to Residents

As part of the 2017/2018 Budget, Southern Downs Regional Council resolved to offer a water tank rebate to residents.

Most residents want to 'do the right thing' for the environment – especially if it is easy to do. This water tank rebate will make it easier to save water and money.

This offer is made to ratepayers who install a water tank which is plumbed to their dwelling for any degree of household usage, such as toilet, laundry or general use.  

In order to receive the rebate, the ratepayer must provide evidence of the purchase of the water tank and the works carried out to plumb the tank into their home. Evidence should be in the form of tax invoices for the purchase of the tank, the address the tank was delivered to, and from the plumbers who plumbed the tank into the house.

It’s important to note that the rebate does not apply to pre-installed tanks and can only be applied once per property. To be eligible, ratepayers need to have their water tank installed on their property within the 2017/2018 financial year.

Upon approval, Council will allow a rebate of 100% of a water access charge levied on the property for the full financial year, regardless of when the evidence is provided.

The extent of the rebate is based on the size of the water tank installed.

This rebate was one of the key recommendations handed down by the Stanthorpe Water Security Assessment Study conducted by the Queensland Government Department of Energy and Water Supply (DEWS) and was subsequently adopted by Council on 28 September 2016.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said that the water tank rebate achieves two benefits to the community. It will make accessing and using water more affordable for residents and will reduce the demand on the region’s water supply.

“I’m very pleased Council endorsed this decision,” Mayor Dobie said. “Water becomes cheaper for residents, and the demand on the region’s water supply decreases. In an era of awareness of water security, anything Council can do to improve it is important. I encourage all eligible residents to take up the rebate on offer.”

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