The RHAA is pleased to present this blog authored by Urban Water Cycle Solutions and Thirsty Country. Building design can fundamentally change how Melbourne households use water and how urban water is provided.
This is a joint project between Urban Water Cycle Solutions and the Rainwater Harvesting Association of Australia to promote effective rainwater harvesting in the community. The design specification is for an above ground rainwater tank providing indoor and outdoor rainwater to a residential home.
Yes, it was a big call but at the breakfast on 20 April in Sydney Josh, Caroline and Scott delivered a very impressive vision of the future of Australian House Design. Thanks team, the world owes you a fine wine. Josh Byrne laid out the blueprint, literally, for Josh’s house. In summary
The City of Melbourne have recently released a webpage and videos entitled ‘Urban Water – discover how water creates a liveable city’ which demonstrates the good work Melbourne is doing in this field. Over the last 20 years, and particularly in the last two or three years a new role and way of thinking about water in our cities has emerged. There is now a great deal of research and action on the role of water in supporting urban green spaces, the pleasure that people experience from activities along local waterways and keeping and using that stormwater that previously we were trying to get rid of as quickly as possible. The keyword everyone is using is ‘liveability’, looking at how water makes our cities more ‘liveable’. Liveable seems to mean more pleasant, comfortable and enjoyable, more sustainable and healthier.
We have always thought that having a rainwater tank is a good investment and now research from Perth estimates there is a premium of up to $18,000 built into the sales price of houses with tanks installed. You can buy a new Honda Jazz for that!
Like many of you, I have cheerfully embraced sushi, sashimi, Asahi, zen landscapes and minimalist interior design from the land of the rising sun. So when a colleague recently sent me an article on the 2014 Rainwater Act to Advance the Utilization of Rainwater in Japan, aiming for a 100% installation rate of rainwater harvesting in all new government buildings in Japan, I looked at it with interest.
We are going to need a lot of houses in Australia. About 4 million new households are projected by 2036, a 50% increase from 2011. (ABS, 2015). These houses will need additional infrastructure for electricity and especially water. How do we manage this? It is an important question because the millennium drought demonstrated finding more supply is expensive. Water and sewerage bills rose by 38% from 2005 to 2014. (BOM, 2015).
The Rainwater Harvesting Association of Australia (RHAA) is delighted to continue the Ripple Effect blog and continue a conservation about sustainable practices and sustainable water use in this dry country.
The ALS Ice bucket challenge has taken the world by storm with celebrities and even the Simpsons have taken part to raise money for charity. While all are entertaining, not all are the same. Find out why Matt Damon uses water from the toilet?
As the seasons change, we will all be spending a little bit more time and taking advantage of the incredible beaches Australia has to offer. Our latest refillit expert, Tim Silverwood from Take 3 took time out to talk to us about how plastic waste at the beach is far more than just an eyesore, but is in fact killing our marine life and working