Posts tagged as: water sources

Rainwater Harvesting goes mainstream – ABS Water Account 2013/14

To quote Colin Nash, the champion Chairman of the Rainwater Harvesting Association, “The gun has gone off”, we are not waiting for the start anymore, we are up and running. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has been working closely on rainwater harvesting since

El Nino 2015, getting hot

map of warm water in eastern pacificOn 2nd October  Tasmania and Victoria were experiencing bushfires in Spring. On the 7th of October the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) started issuing multiple media alerts. The Indian Ocean had cooled down creating dryer conditions, September was the third driest on record and October is likely to be one of the warmest on record. On 8th October the BOM issued special climate statement 52 for unusual early season heat for southern Australia. Inland Queensland and Western Victoria have been dry for three years. While the big dry has generally stayed away from Coastal cities Townsville water storages have reached 30%, triggering Stage 2 water restrictions.

That rainwater tank is worth more than a new car

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!

Welcome from the Rainwater Harvesting Association of Australia

young lady hugging corrugated iron water tankThe 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.

Water Sources: Greywater

greywaterAs National Water Week draws to a close, we have one last water source to cover off – greywater! What is greywater? Greywater (or grey water) is typically water from baths, showers, hand basins, and washing machines. It does not include water from the toilet. Water from kitchen sinks and dishwashers

National Water Week 2014

water droplets with green backgroundThis week is National Water Week 2014! National Water Week is an annual celebration of water in Australia which occurs in the third week of October. National Water Week was first held in 1993. The initiative is designed to help members of the community of all ages and walks of life to understand and take action

Water Sources: Recycled Water

recycled water trigger nozzle and hoseContinuing our series on water sources, we are looking at recycled water but before we can do that, we first need to know about wastewater. Wastewater is water that has been used by businesses and households and is then treated at a wastewater treatment facility. Perhaps because it has been inappropriately named or

Water Sources: Groundwater

cracked earthWith National Water Week starting on Sunday, here is the next post in our series on ‘Water Sources – there are more than you think’. What is groundwater? Groundwater is underground water. Groundwater and surface water are connected as surface water seeps deep into the ground and forms huge underground reservoirs

Water Sources: Storm Water

storm drainNow that we have taken a look at rainwater in our water sources series, it’s a good time for us to turn to storm water. What is storm water? Storm water and rainwater are terms that are often used interchangeably, however, when talking about water sources rainwater usually refers to water that falls on roofs

Water sources: Rainwater harvesting

Rainwater tank in gardenAs we continue looking at water sources, this week we turn to a water source that many Australians are using, and it can be as close as your own backyard; rainwater! What is rainwater harvesting? Rainwater harvesting uses water flowing from the roofs of buildings and stores it for later use.