Rainwater Tanks

Conserving our precious water supplies – be water wise.

More residents across Parkes Shire are looking to harvest rainwater by installing tanks, not just on rural residential blocks but more and more in urban backyards.

These water wise actions are helping provide cheap water supplies to their homes, either by being plumbed into their laundry or toilet or by supplementing their outside needs for the garden. Whichever way they use it, the rainwater tank is conserving precious supplies in a dry land.

Fair Trading has reviewed the requirements for inspections of rainwater tanks where the tank is collecting water from roof catchments.

Licensees connecting rainwater tanks independently of or to a potable water service are not required to book an inspection in the Parkes Shire Area if the work is carried out as Exempt Development under State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development) Codes.

The plumbing work must be carried out by a licensed plumber and comply with the Plumbing Code of Australia and AS/NZS 3500.

The licensee must issue a Certificate of Compliance to Parkes Shire Council and the owner as required by the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2011. Failure to follow these requirements may result in a non-compliance and/or penalty infringement notice.

Parkes Shire Council will review the process at regular intervals and has the right to alter this process as it deems fit.

For further information contact Council's Planning Department on 02 6861 2373.