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Federal rebates dry up

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Federal rebates for rainwater tanks & greywater systems have been ditched.

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Rainwater tanks and greywater systems are no longer covered by the federal government National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative.

Introduced in 2009, the scheme supplied householders with up to $500 towards the cost of having a rainwater tank or greywater system plumbed into their home.

Households with tanks or systems purchased on or before 10 May 2011 are still eligible to apply for the federal rebates, but all applications must be received by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities by 10 November 2011.

“I encourage all eligible Australian households that purchased a rainwater tank or greywater system on or before 10 May 2011 to make sure that they apply in time to obtain the rebate,” said Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell.

With the handing down of the budget yesterday, the federal government says the termination of the $14.5 million National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative will help return the budget to surplus in 2012-13. More than $1.5 billion has been provided to help state and territory governments diversify their urban water resources under ‘Water for the Future’.

Various state, territory or local government rainwater and greywater rebates remain unchanged.

Application forms for the National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative rebate are available from www.environment.gov.au/water/programs/nrgi or by calling 1800 218 478.