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Rainwater a lifeline for washing day

Wednesday, 30th June, 2010

* Local Lifeline volunteer Maxine White is happy with the new water saving plans. * Local Lifeline volunteer Maxine White is happy with the new water saving plans.

Lifeline will use a government grant to install a large rainwater tank in the back yard of its Argent Street shop.

Its manager, Richard Lines, said they had found just the right spot because  there was a lot of roofing on the storage sheds for the run-off.
Mr Lines said that the rainwater would be used to wash donated clothes and for all the sinks.
"The toilets from the shop will also be plumbed," he said.
The money for the work will come from the NSW Government.
The Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Frank Sartor, yesterday announced $887,589 for 39 projects around the State.
"Each facility will receive funding to cover the costs of simple, effective upgrades such as lighting retrofits, installing rainwater tanks, replacing electric with solar hot water and installing dual-flush toilets with water efficient fixtures," Mr Sartor said.
"They include upgrades in preschools, early childhood centres, clubs, aged care facilities and neighbourhood centres all across NSW."
The projects are all in facilities used by not-for-profit groups who all have a very important role in their communities, Mr Sartor said.
"By demonstrating the simple and practical ways we can all save water and energy, these projects have a crucial multiplier effect to encourage further savings among the facility users."

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