Water wise feature: rebates will save water – and dollars

From now on, sprinklers can be used after 5pm and before 10am on any day

The maximum rebate on water efficient garden products has been doubled to $200 as part of changes to the State government’s H2OME Rebate scheme.
Minister for Water, Paul Caica, said from today (Wednesday, December 1) the rebate on garden goods will be increased to allow gardeners who spend a minimum of $100 on eligible water efficient garden products, to claim 50 per cent of the cost, up to $200 as a rebate.
New H2OME rebates include:
. Garden goods – 50 per cent of the cost, up to $200 for the purchase of eligible water efficient garden goods, including Smart Approved WaterMark sprinklers, when you spend more than $100.
. Showerheads – up to $30 to purchase and install a low-flow showerhead
. Dual flush toilets – $150 for retrofitting a dual flush toilet suite with a WELS rating of three stars or better
.  Home Water Audit – $100 ($110 for regional areas) for a Home Water Audit plus up to two free low-flow showerheads
. Rain watertanks – Between $200 and $1000 towards the purchase and retro fit of a rainwater tank into your home for uses such as toilet flushing, clothes washing or for hot water supply or up to $200 for a stand alone rainwater tank (not required to be connected to the house)
. Hotwater re-circulator – rebate for purchase and connection to an entireheated water system
. Pool cover and cover rollers – up to $200 for the purchase of approved pool/spa covers and cover rollers
. Residential retrofit program – $30 charge to customers (free to concession cardholders) to check plumbing fixtures and fittings, install water saving devices and provide water saving advice.

USE SPRINKLERS FROM TODAY

New Water Wise Measures come into place from TODAY, Wednesday, December 1.
Householders can use a hand held hose with an approved nozzle or drip irrigation system at any time, and sprinklers can be used after 5pm and before 10am on any day.
n See the list of do’s and don’ts at right.
For more information, call the Water Wise Hotline on 1800 130 952 or visit www.sawater.com.au. To register for the H2OME Retrofit call 1300 327 577.