2MPMSAA Rainwater Tank Design and Installation Handbook 2008
The objective of this Handbook is to provide practical information for the collection,storage and use of rainwater within private, multi-unit, community and commercialproperties for the uses specified. It draws extensively on information from state,territory and national guidelines and standards across Australia (Section 21 – Appendix), for the management and use of rainwater to provide technical solutionsthat meet these guidelines and standards.This Handbook has been developed to provide practical information for thecollection, storage and use of rainwater within private, community and commercialproperties for the uses specified (excluding rainwater used in industrial processes).The Handbook forms 1 component of a three-part package including:(a) This Rainwater Tank Design and Installation Handbook (this document), whichprovides practical and technical information for plumbers to gain approval,install and maintain rainwater systems for single households, multi-unitdwelling, community and commercial buildings;(b) The Greywater Handbook, which provides practical and technical informationfor plumbers to gain approval, install and maintain greywater systems forsingle households; and(c) The National Water Commission Waterlines publication, which provides aninitial overview of necessary information for communities to understand beforepursuing the installation of greywater or rainwater reuse devises in thedomestic settings.Together this package aims to progress urban water reform under the commitmentsoutlined in the National Water Initiative (NWI), including innovation in water supply,encourage reuse and recycling and increase the efficient use of water withindomestic settings.To optimise the full potential of rainwater as an alternative water resource it isrecommended that the rainwater system be connected to internal plumbingconnections (e.g., toilet, washing machine).This edition of the Handbook was developed by the Australian Rainwater IndustryDevelopment Association (ARID) & the Master Plumbers and Mechanical ServicesAssociation of Australia (MPMSAA), with funding from the National WaterCommission (NWC). Additional editorial and technical services were provided byArris Pty Ltd (Dr Daryl Stevens).
The Rainwater Tank Design and Installation Handbook
was developed by ARID toassist responsible regulatory authority, plumbers, builders/developers andhomeowners. It outlines the minimum standards and performance criteria for alldevelopment works associated with rainwater tank installations within private andcommercial properties. It applies to new rainwater tank installations as well asalterations, additions, maintenance and repairs to existing installations.ARID was established in 2004 by the Master Plumbers & Mechanical ServicesAssociation of Australia in response to the rainwater industry’s concern that therewas no national body representing the installation issues of rainwater tanks. ARID’sgoal is to develop nationally consistent rainwater and plumbing technologies andinstallation recommendations.