Auckland Council has announced it is scrapping resource consent fees for the installation of rainwater tanks at residential properties.
The fee waiver comes in response to the severe water shortages the region is currently experiencing.
Other measures to incentivise residential rainwater collection are also being considered by Council, including removing the current consenting requirements for rain tanks in residential zones through a change to the Auckland Unitary Plan, and making water tanks a requirement for new developments.
Mayor Phil Goff says household rainwater tanks can play an important role in Auckland’s overall water conservation, and the change is long overdue.
“As we face the worst drought in our history, using rainwater eases the demand on our water supplies.
Our lakes are currently only 44 percent full when they would normally be at 78 percent.
With continued drier than usual weather predicted for winter and spring, we need to look at every option for supplementing our water supply to offset a critical shortage of water this summer.
The initiative is supported by a new ‘Do I need a Consent?’ tool for rainwater tanks, launched on the Council website.