Rainwater tank policy reviewed

CALLIOPE Shire Council will review its policy on domestic rainwater tanks.

The council at this stage does not require mandatory rainwater tanks in residential developments unlike neighbouring Miriam Vale Shire Council which does.

At a recent meeting Cr Todd Comrie raised the issue of compulsory rainwater tanks for new dwellings.

Council had previously rejected the option.

Cr Comrie suggested that, in light of the Tannum Waters Master Planned Community of 2000 dwellings ? which is expected to accommodate up to 6000 people, the council should review its decision.

Cr Warren Dinte raised a concern that the requirement to install rainwater storage and reticulation on new homes would increase building costs.

Chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski said there were alternative options for conserving water such as the council's proposal to recycle water from the Tannum Sewerage Treatment Plant.

Council officers will prepare a discussion paper detailing all the options, relevant considerations and legislative issues needed to be considered in relation to domestic rainwater tanks and water recycling schemes.

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