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Water saving rebates planned

June 12, 2006

"From July, 1.3 million households as well as businesses and government offices will be able to apply for rebates to have water-saving items installed on their properties.A star rating will apply to items identifying their water efficiency levels.

Owners of washing machines with a water efficiency rating of four or more stars will qualify for a $200 rebate per household, while dual flush toilet owners will receive $150.

A subsidy of $1000 will be given to help connect rainwater tanks to toilet and laundry areas, which is in addition to rebates given by some councils to aid in the purchase of the tanks.

Grey water recycling units will be subsidised to the tune of $500."

Yes, you guessed it. Not in the UK.

It's actually from Queensland, Australia.

"We face a major problem in Queensland," Premier Beattie said.

"We have got the worst drought in 100 years and significant impact from climate change. This strategy is a program of $97 million to get our community to work with us to reduce demand. We will provide incentives for people to reduce the amount of water they are using."

Read the full story: here

Any sign of any UK companies or the government going that far for us?

What do you do to save water?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. deb permalink
    August 6, 2006 3:10 am

    I think its a great idea. I live in WA and the government has a rebate scheme here. I’ve just brought a front loader washing machine and got $150 rebate. They have rebates for lots of other products too, we brought a pool blanket last summer and got a rebate on that too. I encourages people to think about the water they use and start thinking about what they should do to start saving water.

  2. August 6, 2006 12:17 pm

    No such incentives in the UK, just the possibility of a fine if you use a hose-pipe to water the garden or wash the car.
    I can’t remember the last proper rain we had. You can’t count a few minutes of drizzle every week or two. The lawn is brown and some new plants have died, despite Sue and I regularly using a watering can.

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