Rainwater Tanks in households, Australia: 2000-01
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 2004, Water Account Australia 2000-01 (Corrigendum), Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra, viewed 19 Apr 2006, http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/ausstats/free.nsf/Lookup
More detailed information is available from the ABS National Water Account 2000-2001:
Information on rainwater tanks is based on data collected in the ABS household surveys and first presented in the publication Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices 2001 (cat. no. 4602.0).
Rest of Australia
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2005, Canberra.
Over 1.3 million (or 17%) households sourced their water supply from rainwater tanks in March 2004. This number is 12% higher than the 1.1 million households with water tanks in 2001. The proportion of households that sourced their water supply from water tanks was 15.2% in 1994, 16.9% in 1998 and 15.7% in 2001.
In 2000-01 the largest number of households with water tanks was in South Australia.
The actual volume of water from rainwater tanks used by households in Australia is poorly understood.
Human Settlements — General responses provided to improve the environment - Other responses
The number of rainwater tanks used by households as a source of water supply is an indicator of the amount of water harvested that would otherwise be lost as stormwater and is therefore an indicator of the societal response to water wastage. Water supply from rainwater tanks can act as back-up supply to complement mains water supply during periods of drought, peak supply shortages, or water quality problems.
Other indicators for this issue:
- HS-38 Energy efficiency in households
- HS-44 Urban stormwater and wastewater reuse
- HS-46 Usage of water efficient appliances
- HS-57 Amounts of solid waste recycled
- Water Account Australia 2000-01 (Corrigendum)
- Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices, 2004: Main Features
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