Rainwater Tanks

Rainwater tanks are becoming a more common feature in the lower Hunter, with around 25% of households installing a tank on their property. Rainwater tanks not only save precious drinking water, but also have an important role in managing and treating stormwater quality in our cities.

Why use rainwater?

Using rainwater can save your money by reducing your water bills. 

Capturing rainwater reduces the load on stormwater systems because roof runoff is not flushed immediately into the drains.

Rainwater tanks reduce reliance on Hunter Water’s drinking water supplies.

Water Wise Rules do not apply to water from rainwater tanks, provided the rainwater tank is not connected to or topped up by the drinking water system.

Benefits of installing a rainwater tank

  • Saves large amounts of water which can be used in the garden or in the home for toilet flushing and/or clothes washing.
  • Requires a relatively simple system which is easy to use.
  • Rainwater is also suitable for use in pools and for washing cars. 
  • In some rural areas, it is possible to use rainwater for all domestic uses, and not draw upon the mains supply.

Follow these links for more information on uses for rainwater, selecting a rainwater tank, and advice and issues around rainwater tanks.