Gwenda Byrne (Pyramid Holiday Park), Brett Rolls (Tweed City), Tweed Shire Council GM David Keenan and Charlie Muscat (Tweed City) at the Water Saving program launch.
Gwenda Byrne (Pyramid Holiday Park), Brett Rolls (Tweed City), Tweed Shire Council GM David Keenan and Charlie Muscat (Tweed City) at the Water Saving program launch. John Gass

Residents win with water savings

HOUSEHOLDS will have another year to take advantage of the residential Water Saving Rebate with the announcement the program will be extended for a further 12 months.

Under the rebate program Tweed Shire Council will refund 50 per cent of the total purchase and installation cost for eligible products such as water saving shower heads, basin and sink spouts, mixers, aerators and flow control valves.

"Over the past year, 459 households have taken advantage of the water saving refund at a total cost of about $24,000 to Council," council's general manager David Keenan said.

"A total of 200 showers, 129 spouts/mixers and 559 aerators have been installed in these homes and the estimated total water saving based on these figures is about 3.2 million litres per year.

"This is equivalent to the average annual water use by about 16 households, so it is a significant water saving achieved just by installing the basic water efficient devices in these participating homes."

The program will be expanded in August to include the installation of approved new dual flush toilets.

Replacing a single flush toilet that uses an average of 11 litres of water per flush with a new dual flush toilet that uses 3 litres per half flush and 4.5 litres per full flush has the potential to save the average household about 40,000 litres of water per year.

Similar refunds for other water saving products such as rainwater tanks, washing machines, dishwashers, swimming pool covers and water efficient garden products are also being explored.

The council is currently looking into other ways customers could claim their refund, such as receiving the refund at the point of sale at the hardware or plumbing retailer.

In the meantime applications will still need to be submitted to the council.

Applicants are advised to check with council before installation to ensure products qualify for the rebate and to save all receipts for submission.

For more information about claiming the rebate or to get an application form visit www.tweed.nsw.au/Our Services/WaterandWastewater or call 02 6670 2400.



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