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Water is a precious resource in South Australia. We live in one of the driest places in Australia, the driest continent on Earth.

At the City of Charles Sturt, we're conserving water with our water management programs. You can save water in your home, too.

You can harvest our precious water resource with your own rainwater tank.

Do I need Council approval?

Assessment and approval is not required if the tank checks all of the following items:

  • the tank is part of a roof drainage system
  • has a total floor area not exceeding 10m2 in area
  • is wholly above ground
  • no part of the tank is higher than 4 metres above the natural surface of the ground

Exceptions where approval is required:

  • state heritage places or areas
  • local heritage places.

Building a new home or extending?

You may be required to include a rainwater tank with your development. For information, please refer to the following Development Information Guides:

D 18. Other Structures

D 34. Stormwater Management Plan

More information

Read our Rainwater Tanks guide.

We're using recycled stormwater throughout the City of Charles Sturt. We can now harvest, treat and distribute recycled stormwater to save water and protect our natural environment.

Our 'purple pipe' or 'lilac pipe' system brings water to homes, businesses and parklands in the Charles Sturt community.

Learn more by reading our Recycled Water Householders Guide.

The benefits of recycled water

  • keeps gardens healthy and lush, even during a drought
  • recycled water is not subject to the same water restrictions during drought periods
  • conserves water in our reservoirs and the river Murray
  • reduces water use for watering gardens and washing cars
  • protects our marine environment by reducing stormwater discharge

Read more about recycled water to learn about its uses and installation.

Reusing grey and black water is a great way to conserve our precious supply of water.

What is grey and black water?

Grey water comes from sinks, showers, bathtubs and appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. It does not include water from toilets.

Black water is sewage water from toilets.

It's very important that both grey and black water are treated and managed properly to ensure public health and safety.

For information on installing waste water reuse systems, visit SA Health.

Rain gardens help to filter stormwater. Our urban areas have lots of hard surfaces like roofs, driveways, roads and carparks. When it rains, water carries litter, leaves, silt, oils and nutrients that can pollute our waterways.

Rain gardens help clean the stormwater and allow a little to soak into the ground. The litter and leaves stay at the surface to break down or be collected later. Silt and oils are trapped in the soil where microbes break them down over time. Nutrients are used by the plants for growth and keep them happy.

We're building rain gardens in the City of Charles Sturt. Learn more about our rain garden program.