Water security initiatives - rainwater tank rebate & EOI for irrigators to supply ground water

On 19 November 2019, we approved a plan to implement two new water security initiatives for our Region. The two initiatives below will:


Rainwater tank rebate 

We’ve introduced a rainwater tank rebate scheme commencing on 1 January 2020 and closing on 30 June 2020. This water security initiative will provide a rebate to the first 1,000 applications to retrofit water tanks of at least 10,000 litres capacity, to existing houses that are connected to our water supply.


To be eligible for the scheme you must:

How the financial rebate works

The rebate will consist of a $300 reduction to either the water or rates notice (whichever notice comes first after the application approval). The rebate will only be actioned after the application has been approved and proof of the installed water tank has been provided by 30 June 2020.

How to apply for the scheme

  1. Fill in and submit the Domestic rainwater tank rebate application form. A receipt of the new tank purchase and a copy of the Notifiable Work Form 4 filled in by your licenced plumber must be attached to the form.
  2. Our staff will review your application and let you know if it’s been successful.

Frequently asked questions

How many tanks can I install under the scheme?

The rainwater tank rebate scheme applies to the installation of a least one tank of a minimum 10,000 litre capacity. You can install more than one tank to reach the 10,000 litre capacity if you wish.

You can only submit one application per residence.

Is a second-hand tank eligible?

No. The tank needs to be purchased new and a receipt provided as proof of purchase.

Does the rebate only apply to residences connected to Toowoomba Regional Council water suppliers?

Yes. The rebate scheme only applies to residential properties connected to the Toowoomba Bulk Water Supply Scheme or Toowoomba Non-bulk Water Supply Scheme.

Do I need a licenced plumber to do the installation?

Yes. The plumber must also fill in a Notifiable Work Form 4.

Do I have to connect the tank to the toilet and/or washing machine?

No. The only requirement is that the tank has at least one tap for outside water use.

Does the tank have to be poly or can it be concrete or metal?

Any of the above tank materials are acceptable for the rebate.

Do I have to buy the tank from a particular supplier?

No. You can buy the tank, brand new, from any supplier.

If I purchased a tank prior to 1 January 2020, can I claim the rebate?

No. The rebate is only for rainwater tanks purchased after 1 January 2020. Proof of purchase must be provided and the installation must be completed by a licenced plumber.


Expression of Interest (EOI) for irrigators to supply ground water

Under our second water security initiative, we'll advertise an Expression of Interest for irrigators to supply ground water for our use. When advertised, existing holders of water allocations would be able to express interest in either selling their allocation or entering seasonal water assignment agreements. More information about this will be provided at a later date.

Last Updated: Friday, 31 January 2020 11:38