Water rations a reality

Victorian's prosperity depends on a secure water supply for our homes, farms, environment and industry.

The city's water storage dropped 0.2 per cent after yet another week of below average rainfall.

Melburnians could soon be subject to tough new daily water limits under a state government plan to curb use. The Government and the Water Authority are considering limiting individuals to 155 litres of water a day. Listed below are some great ideas to help you save water:

Please use a bucket
* Place it in the shower and collect the run off water, and the warm up water.
* Scoop out bath or basin water.
* If possible catch water from your washing machines last rinse cycle.
* Place a container in the sink when washing fruit and vegetables.

Greywater Diversion
After a bucket the next simplest thing is to connect a greywater diverter to your outdoor piping and collect the water into a large container.

Permanent Greywater systems
Permanent Greywater Systems must be installed by a licensed plumber. These systems require approval from your local council. Please remember greywater must be used within 24 hours after collection unless it has been treated.

Rainwater Harvesting
When it comes to watering your garden, harvested rainwater is a great option.

Rainwater Tank Rebates
The Victorian Government has increased incentives under the Water Smart Gardens and Homes Rebate Scheme. The scheme rewards residential customers connected to a mains water supply for purchasing water saving devices, thereby reducing their water consumption. Households purchasing and installing a water tank are now eligible for a rebate of up to $1000. Water tanks can save up to 40,000 litres per household per year.

Long term planning for future water supplies now includes other alternatives, including re-use, recycling, water use efficiencies and desalination.

Published on November 11-th, 2008 in Financial Planning
Damon Rasheed is the CEO of Rate Detective, an Australian financial service comparison sites specialising in Life Insurance, Income Protection Insurance and home loans. Damon holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Melbourne and has been involved in many start-up internet businesses.

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