Journal article

Private assets for public benefit: the challenge of long-term management of domestic rainwater tanks

Darren G Bos



Abstract This study explored the relationship private landowners have with their domestic rainwater tank and how that relationship influences the reliability of privately operated rainwater tanks for long-term performance and delivery of service. It found that tank owners generally placed a high value on their tank, desired to have them fully operational and made a reasonable effort to keep them functioning. However, the frequency and extent of maintenance action and effort was variable, and in the context of a private residence, rainwater tanks were typically afforded a low relative priority for repair when compared with other residential assets. This low relative priority co..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)

Funding Acknowledgements

For reviewing earlier drafts of this paper, the author sincerely thanks Stephanie Lavau, Belinda Hatt, Christopher Walsh and Tim Fletcher. The author is also grateful for comments provided by two anonymous reviewers. This work was completed with the approval of the Melbourne University's Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC No: 0720064) and was supported financially by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Program LP0883610 and LP130100295, the Melbourne Waterway Research Practice Partnership (funded by Melbourne Water), Victorian Water Trust, Victorian Urban Stormwater and Recycling Fund, Caring for Our Country Investment Fund, Office of Living Victoria, Yarra Ranges Council and Yarra Valley Water. The views expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily those of the funding bodies who were not involved in the collection, analysis or publication of the data.