The Greater Melbourne Alternative Water Plan

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.

Rainwater Harvesting and 21st Century Business

development illustrationThe largest master planned community housing project in Australia is starting to roll out in South East Queensland and every building has rainwater harvesting. The sell out crowd hung onto every word as Mark Stephens from the Stockland Aura development talked about the Stockland philosophy and the key role of integrated water management in this sensitive landscape.

How to live in your house

Rooftop with solar panelsSaving water and energy is a consistent element of the every sustainable house in Australia. But sustainable houses are often stereotyped as unusual, as if the houses and their inhabitants are somehow not like the rest of us and have achieved something we cannot do. And yet over one million houses in Australia have solar panels and 2.3 million houses have a rainwater tank. The following home owners show that caring about our impact on the planet and the future for our children puts money in your pocket and is easily achieved with existing technology. 

Rainwater Harvesting System Maintenance – Pumps

Mains Switching SystemThe second in our series of maintenance articles for rainwater harvesting systems is on pumps. Pumps are one of the expensive and vulnerable elements of the rain harvesting system. It is worth getting a good one and installing it properly. We had a coffee with Mike Thompson, from Claytech, who took us through some things to think about.

A Sustainable Building Policy for Australia

BASIX five year outcomes summaryAbout 4 million new Australian households are projected by 2036, a 50% increase from 2011. (ABS, 2015).  The design standards for these buildings are fundamental to future urban energy and water needs but performance based water and energy saving targets are missing or not consistent across Australia.

Rainwater Harvesting System Maintenance – Design

“The key issue is that good design based on real historical knowledge avoids most of the perceived maintenance problems – a high level of costly (and unnecessary) maintenance to counter marginal/ill-informed design choices is a very poor outcome indeed”. Dr. Peter Coombes, March 2014, Sydney RHAA Breakfast. Good design is a simple way to ensure rainwater is healthy, clean, clear and doesn’t smell.

The great price war: electricity vs water

running showerheadThis is a guest blog from Tim Sparke at with some good advice about pump selection. When it comes to making sure that your home has access to a reliable water supply, there are two factors to consider. The first is how much water your home is going to need (ATA Tankulator is a good start). The second is how much electricity you can expect to burn through. The latter is important to both our beautiful natural environment, and your wallet!

Money saving water efficient appliances

ShowerheadMaking sure the technology in your home is water efficient is important but how do you know if you are putting your pennies in the right place? The good folk at the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) have compiled a report on the payback periods for common water saving devices in Victoria. The research intended to understand

Steel rainwater tanks

rainwater tankAs we head into the cooler months in the Southern states, we are getting more rainfall, so it is an ideal time to look at getting a rainwater tank. This will mean it has time to fill up for garden use in the drier months, or allow you to plumb the tank into the toilet or washing machine for year round use. With a range of tank materials out there,

Feature Product: Landscape Tanks

We all want to do the right thing and often have the best intentions to be water wise. Unfortunately there are often barriers in the way, pushing us back to our old easy habbits. Rainwater tanks can be a great way to save water with 26% of Australians using them as a source of water (Australian Bureau of Statistics), yet many still avoid