Rainwater harvesting laws still outstanding
The government is getting set to issue new policy guidelines for rainwater harvesting although laws to support the policy remain outstanding.
The disclosure was made in responses to questions tabled in the Senate by Opposition member, Dr Christopher Tufton.
The government says the policy will be issued to the planning authorities and relevant stakeholders.
However, there is still no clear timeline on when an actual law mandating rainwater harvesting will be brought to the Parliament.
The government says regulations under the Building and Town and Country acts will address rainwater harvesting.
It says a draft bill is under review in relation to the Country Planning act, while drafting instructions have been issued for amendments to the Building Act.
No timeline was given for the completion of those processes.
Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to run off.
There has been increased attention on that process in light of the increasing droughts and their effect in recent years.