Rainwater is generally safe to drink provided the water is clear and has little or no odour or smell. There are some precautions that you can take to ensure water from your tank is clean, such as:
Click on the Use of Rainwater Tanks (50 kb) to learn more about how to safely use water from your rainwater tank.
There are a number of things to consider when selecting your rainwater tank.
Of particular interest to residents is information on water quality, types of tanks and the potential yield from different sized tanks (dependent on daily demand and roof area).
A comprehensive fact sheet has been developed to assist you to select a tank that is suitable for your home. Click on the Rainwater Tank Fact Sheet (1507 kb) for more information.
Rainwater tanks should be installed by a licensed plumber.
For further information on how to make the most of our rainwater, download the Rainwater Resources Flyer (63 kb) from Sustainable Focus.
As of the 1 July 2006, new housing development in South Australia will be required to install a rainwater tank plumbed into the household for water supply purposes.
Building extensions involving at least 50m2 of additional roof area will also be affected.
Click on the Rainwater Tank Policy (31 kb) quick reference summary to read more about the new Rainwater Tank Policy, including details on minimum technical requirements for rainwater tanks.
As the use of rainwater tanks will soon be a legislative requirement, no grants will be available for this type of installation.
In March 2009, Council held a Rainwater Tank Seminar, focusing on:
If you would like to learn more about these topics, please download the Presentation that was used at the seminars: Rainwater Tank Seminar 2009 Campbelltown (9393 kb).