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Rebates for water-wise products

The Victorian Government offers rebates on water-saving products through the Living Victoria Water Rebate Program.

The rebates are administered by us on behalf of the Victorian Government, and deducted from your Barwon Water bill.

Rebates increased for 2012–2015

The Victorian Government Living Victoria Water Rebate Program has been extended until 30 June 2015.

Under the latest phase of the program:

  • Rebates for rainwater tanks have increased.
  • Existing homes (built pror to 1 May 2011) are now eligible to claim the rainwater tank rebate.
  • Water- and energy-efficient washing machines are now eligible for rebates. 

 

Rainwater tanks: $850–$1,500 rebate

Rainwater tanks 2,000–3,999 litres are eligible for a $850 rebate, when connected to a toilet and/or laundry.

Rainwater tanks 4,000 litres and over are eligible for a $1,300 rebate, when connected to a toilet or laundry.

Rainwater tanks 4,000 litres and over are eligible for a $1,500 rebate, when connected to a toilet and laundry.

  • Must be installed by a licensed plumber.
  • Tanks must be designed, manufactured and certified to Australian Standards.
  • Installation must meet National Construction Code and relevant council requirements.
  • A Plumbing Industry Commission (PIC) certificate is required if product and works exceed $750.
  • New houses (recieved a building permit after 1 May 2011) are not eligible.
  • Multiple tanks installed and connected together are eligible (e.g. two 1,000 litre tanks is considered equivalent to a 2,000 litre tank)
  • Limit 1 per property.

 


 

Rainwater tank to toilet/laundry connection: $200 rebate

This rebate is available for new toilet/laundry connections from existing rainwater tanks (not previously connected to toilets/laundry).

  • Applied to rainwater tanks 2000 litres and over
  • Must be installed by a licensed plumber.
  • Limit 1 per property.
  • This rebate is only for new connections to existing rainwater tanks. It cannot be claimed "on top of" the rainwater tank rebate, above.

 


 

Washing machine: $150 rebate

For a new water- and energy-efficient clothes washer.

  • Must have at least a 5-star water rating.
  • Must have at least a 4-star energy rating.

 

More information

  Water ratings: compare washing machines

  Energy ratings: compare clothes washers

 


 

Dual-flush toilets: $100 rebate

For replacing a single-flush toilet or upgrading a less efficient dual-flush toilet

  • Must have at least a 3-star water rating.
  • Must use 6 litres (or less) on full-flush and 3 litres (or less) on half-flush.
  • Must be installed by a licensed plumber.
  • Replacement only, new houses not eligible.
  • Limit 1 per property.

 

More information

  Water ratings: compare toilets

 


 

3-star showerhead: $10–$20 rebate

A 3-star showerhead uses 9 litres of water or less per minute.

  • $10 rebate for showerheads $30–$99.99
  • $20 rebate for showerheads over $100
  • Limit 2 per property

 

More information

Internal link Free showerhead exchange

 


 

Swimming pool covers and blankets: $200 rebate

For swimming pool covers with rollers or reels.

  • Must be approved with the Smart Approved WaterMark
  • Must be UV stabilised and at least 400 microns (0.4 mm) thick.
  • Limit 1 per property

 

More information

  Smart Approved WaterMark: approved products

 


 

Hot water recirculator: $150 rebate

A device that saves cold water in hot water pipes by diverting it back to hot water system.

  • Systems for directing water to rainwater tanks or outside are not eligible.
  • Must be installed by a licensed plumber.
  • A Plumbing Industry Commission (PIC) certificate is required if product and works exceed $750.
  • Limit 1 per property.

 


  

Water conservation audit: $50 rebate

A water audit to assess how your household can save water.

  • Limit 1 per property.

 


 

Permanent greywater system: $500 rebate

A permanent system that recycles waste water from bathrooms and laundries for use on the garden.

  • Must include sub-surface irrigation.
  • Must be permanently installed and provide overflow to sewer or septic tank.
  • Must be installed by a licensed plumber.
  • A Plumbing Industry Commission (PIC) certificate is required.
  • Must not store untreated greywater for more than 24 hours.
  • Blackwater (and combined blackwater / greywater) systems not eligible.
  • Limit 1 per property.

  


 

Basket offer: $30 rebate

A $30 rebate is available for the purchase of one or more of the following products, with a combined value of $100 or more. You can claim the basket offer once per calendar year.

  • Mulch
  • Compost / mulch bin
  • moisture / wetting agent
  • Flow interrupters for toilets
  • Shower timers
  • Rainwater diverter
  • Trigger nozzle
  • Moisture/rain sensor
  • Temporary greywater diverter
  • Garden tap timer
  • Tap flow control valve / flow restrictor
  • Waterless car cleaning products
  • Drip watering system
  • Soaker / weep hose

 


 

Rebates for residents not connected to our supply network

The Victorian Government Living Victoria Water Rebate Program is also open to residents not connected to a reticulated water supply (i.e. mains water or "town water").

These rebates are administered by the Department of Sustainability and Environment. They are not administered by Barwon Water.

PDF  Living Victoria Water Rebate Program (self supplied water) application form 2012–2015 PDF 116 KB

 


 

Rebates for small businesses

The Victorian Government Living Victoria Water Rebate Program also applies to small businesses (those with 50 employees or less).

Eligible businesses can claim up to 50% of the cost of eligible water-wise products (up to a maximum rebate of $2,000).

A wide range of products attact rebates, including rainwater tanks, washing machines, dishwashers, dual-flush toilets, urinals, greywater systems, wok stoves, spray nozzles, data loggers, flow control valves and more.  

Internal link   Rebates for small businesses