Sprinklers - an attachment to a garden hose or fixed pipe that can be left unattended to emit water over a given area.
Watering system - a fixed or permanent system with either single or multiple watering zones, controlled by a manual tap, electronic or mechanical timer.
Drip irrigation - a pipe or hose with special low-pressure drip devices that release water slowly, in drips below the ground near the plants root. Examples include integrated drip lines, drip emitters and weeping hoses (like those made from recycled black rubber tyres). Soaker hoses are not a form of drip irrigation.
Remember Water Wise Rules apply to outdoor water usage from 1 July 2014.
The inspection is free of charge. Participants will need to be available for approximately one hour when the inspection is taking place. During this time, the plumber will undertake a short survey with you. You will also be asked to complete a short online survey after the completion of the on-site inspection.
No. The program is targeted at owner occupiers as tenants are unlikely to know the maintenance history of the household rainwater tank system.
The inspection will give you an understanding of existing problems with your rainwater tank system and give you an idea on the cost to fix these. You should also get a better understanding of how to manage your rainwater system. You will receive a one page report at the time of the inspection and a $30 Coles Myer Gift Card if you undertake an online survey after the rainwater tank inspection is completed.
Participants must register by Friday, 30 May 2014 by completing a registration on Hunter Water's website or in person at one of Hunter Water's Customer Centres. Hunter Water will accept all applications if up to 200 applications are received. If more than 200 applications are received, Hunter Water will randomly choose participants from the application list to reduce the number of participants to 200 or a higher number if the program budget allows.
It is expected that inspections will occur in June 2014. A licensed plumber will contact program participants to make appointments which in general will be between 7.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.
Mullane Maintenance was selected following quotations from a number of licensed plumbers that are experienced in rainwater tanks.
You are expected to provide as much notice as possible if you are not able to be present at the agreed inspection time. If you cancel agreed appointments without 24 hours notice on two occasions, your position in the program may be cancelled and given to another applicant.
Yes. However that is the choice of the participant. Hunter Water does not make any recommendations on who to select for repairs. Hunter Water does not accept any liability for any repair work that participants undertake.
A Hunter Water representative will randomly attend a limited number of inspections. A Hunter Water representative may also contact participants within two years of the inspections as part of an audit or follow up survey.
An internal inspection may be undertaken if the rainwater tank is connected to internal fixtures such as toilets and the washing machine.
The inspection will need to use up to 200L of water to check for roof area connected, look for leaks and blockages in the rainwater tank system.
Inspections will be cancelled in wet weather as the plumber will need dry weather to determine the roof area connected to your rainwater tank.
Hunter Water will present data on a collective basis. Hunter Water collects and manages personal data in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 ("PPIP Act"). For further information please refer to the Terms and Conditions of this program.
The “star” rating replaces the old triple “A” rating and is an easy way to tell how water efficient a product is. The more stars a product has, the less water it uses.
A 3-star showerhead allows flows of 9 litres per min or less when showering.
Some single flush toilets can be made more water efficient by installing a cistern weight or by adjusting the float valve.
A cistern weight will increase your toilet’s water efficiency but you will still use more water than a 4-star water efficient dual flush toilet.
Yes. Installing a rainwater tank is a great way to reduce the use of mains water in your swimming pool.
Rainwater diverters are an inexpensive alternative to installing a tank. They attach to a downpipe and can be used to divert rainwater into your swimming pool.
In large downpours, you will need to monitor the water level in your pool so that it does not overflow. You should consult a plumber about stormwater diversion.
These are a new alternative available if you don't want to hide your pool water with a cover or blanket.
The chemical forms a barrier on the water's surface which inhibits evaporation by up to 40 per cent. It can either be added to the pool daily by hand or by using an automatic metering system.
Your water meter is usually just inside the front boundary of your property. You'll recognise it as a low metal pipe structure with a tap handle at one end and a meter dial in the middle.
Remember to keep your meter clear of leaves and garden debris, as we need to have easy access to it.
Before you go to bed, check your water meter reading and write it down somewhere safe. You'll also need to make sure no-one in your household uses any water during the night.
The following morning, before anyone starts using water, go and check your meter again.
Write this new figure down next to the figure from the night before and compare them. If the morning figure is higher, you have a water leak that needs to be traced and fixed.
There are two types of greywater systems that allow you to use greywater in different ways:
Kentucky Blue, Perennial Ryegrass, Carpet Grass and Bentgrass are all good quality cool season grasses.
Buffalo, Couch and Hard, Tall and Sheep Fescue varieties are all great quality warm season grasses.
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