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Cost effectiveness and tradeoff on the use of rainwater tanks: an empirical study in Australian residential decision-making

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Australia is currently facing a serious water crisis. Saving water is not the government's solo effort, it also requires support from individual households. The use of rainwater tanks for rainwater storage has been highly recommended for both outdoor and indoor uses. This paper investigates cost effectiveness on the use of rainwater tanks for Australian residential environment. Seven cities are examined in this paper, including Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra. Cost for installing and operating rainwater tanks and cost from alternative water sources including building additional dams and desalination plants are compared. It is found that using rainwater is an economical option for households in Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Sydney. Recommendations of suitable tank sizes for different household environments are also proposed.

Authors


  •   Tam, Vivian W.Y. (external author)
  •   Zeng, S. X. (external author)
  •   Tam, Leona

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Tam, V. W.Y.., Tam, W. & Zeng, S. (2010). Cost effectiveness and tradeoff on the use of rainwater tanks: an empirical study in Australian residential decision-making. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 54 (3), 178-186.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-70849128436

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/3151

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 178

End Page


  • 186

Volume


  • 54

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • Australia is currently facing a serious water crisis. Saving water is not the government's solo effort, it also requires support from individual households. The use of rainwater tanks for rainwater storage has been highly recommended for both outdoor and indoor uses. This paper investigates cost effectiveness on the use of rainwater tanks for Australian residential environment. Seven cities are examined in this paper, including Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra. Cost for installing and operating rainwater tanks and cost from alternative water sources including building additional dams and desalination plants are compared. It is found that using rainwater is an economical option for households in Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Sydney. Recommendations of suitable tank sizes for different household environments are also proposed.

Authors


  •   Tam, Vivian W.Y. (external author)
  •   Zeng, S. X. (external author)
  •   Tam, Leona

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Tam, V. W.Y.., Tam, W. & Zeng, S. (2010). Cost effectiveness and tradeoff on the use of rainwater tanks: an empirical study in Australian residential decision-making. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 54 (3), 178-186.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-70849128436

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/3151

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 178

End Page


  • 186

Volume


  • 54

Issue


  • 3