Rainwater tanks: rebate program

The Rous County Council Rainwater Tank Rebate Program is available to eligible residential town water customers in the Rous region who wish to reduce their consumption of town water by installing a rainwater tank.

Download the rainwater tank rebate application form.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the program, the tank must meet the program Terms and Conditions including, but not limited to:

  • The property is currently connected to the town water supply in the Ballina, Byron, Lismore and Richmond Valley local government areas.
  • The rainwater tanks must be installed and completed, and paid for between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018.
  • For new homes and major renovations, any tank volume or internal connection required by BASIX will not be eligible for a rebate.  Tank volumes or internal connections not required by BASIX may be eligible.
  • The rainwater tank must have a minimum volume of 2,000 litres.
  • Properties that have previously received rebates from Rous County Council may not be eligible.

Please ensure you read all of the program Terms and Conditions on the application form to ensure you are eligible.

What do I need to know before deciding to install a new rainwater tank?

Guidelines have been developed in partnership with each of the four councils within the Rous County Council supply area.
The guidelines will identify important considerations you need to make before purchasing or installing a new rainwater tank.

Guide to installing a rainwater tank in Ballina Shire Council
Guide to installing a rainwater tank in Byron Shire Council
Guide to installing a rainwater tank in Lismore City Council
Guide to installing a rainwater tank in Richmond Valley Council

How much is the rebate?

Rous County Council offers three levels of rebate, based in the first instance on the tank volume. For more than one tank, the rebate is based on the total combined volume. Additional rebates are available if rainwater from the tank is supplied for flushing toilets and/or to the washing machine. See tables below for details of the rebates offered.

For rainwater tanks purchased and installed ON or AFTER 1 April 2015

Rebate Level Tank Volume (litres) Rebate
1 2,000 to 4,499 $200
2 4,500 to 8,999 $800
3 9,000 or more $1,000
Plus If all toilets are connected to the rainwater tank $620
Plus If washing machine is connected to the rainwater tank $550

How to apply

To apply for the tank rebate, please complete the application form and send it to Rous County Council. Please ensure that you read the information carefully and fill in the application form fully and provide all requested information.

Further information

NSW Health provides advice on the use of water from rainwater tanks, water quality considerations and maintenance of tanks.  You can find further information on the NSW Health website here.