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Rainwater tanks

Rainwater tanks are a great way to help conserve the drinking water supply and can provide a valuable source of water for your home or business.

However, tanks can become breeding sites for mosquitoes, including Aedes aegypti, which can carry the potentially deadly dengue virus, and other species that carry diseases such as Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus.

For more guidance on the use of rainwater tanks visit the Australian Government's Department of Health website.

New home owners

The Queensland Government introduced mandatory water saving targets for applications lodged for the construction of new houses in South East Queensland from 1 January 2007.

Rainwater tanks are one way to achieve the water savings target. Other options include dual reticulation, communal rainwater tanks and stormwater reuse.

Voluntarily installed tanks

There is no minimum size requirement for voluntarily installed rainwater tanks.

It is the tank owner’s responsibility to ensure that the rainwater tank is installed according to State and local government requirements and to obtain any necessary approvals.

Internally plumbed tanks

Ensure you are aware of any automatic top-up mechanisms that may be on your internally plumbed rainwater tank.

In dry weather or periods of low rainfall, your tank may automatically top-up with drinking water from the potable mains supply to ensure water is constantly available within the home.

Any drinking water consumed will be charged at the potable water rate and displayed on your next water rates notice.

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