Re: Unfair water restrictions
It looks like the government doesn't want gardens as they use up more water - regardless of the bigger picture (food carbon print, health, education, etc). Banning kids under sprinklers would loose them votes if some mum got fined and took it to some tabloid tv show. Not being able to fill up your pool when they evaporate around 2 centimetres/ day and with a 4 by 10 metre pool = 800 litres/ day - pool covers should be compulsory!!.... At any rate the Gov't aint too bright about this stuff.
I would reccomend putting the tank on a stand, near a toilet and plumbing it in with 2 taps - 1 for the loo and 1 open to drain the tank (to the garden) even if the loo tap never gets used. On the other hand Victoria keeps playing with the idea of a water tank tax so potentially would you want a rebate when it would put you on a government list for one of the stupidest tax ideas i have ever heard of. De-sal plants will continue to happen, the government won't be able to afford them and private companies putting up the money may stipulate this as a condition. :ANAL: (couldn't resist using that emoticon - i mean big companies screwing us and being happy at our expense)
Does the rebate require you to have the tank installed by a professional? - there is around $250 gone before you start. (Get the tank with a leaf/insect screen, put it near a down pipe and cut the pipe to suit and connect the overflow to the bottom of the downpipe - easy!)
I think there will be a lot of stupid laws passed and revoked before all this gets sorted.
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