​Melbourne Water is asking residents of The Basin to submit registrations of interest to have a rainwater tank installed on their property. The closing date of registrations is 30 June, 2015.

This is the second and final round of the ‘Tanks for Helping Your Creek’ initiative, jointly run by Melbourne Water, South East Water and Knox City Council.

‘Tanks for Helping Your Creek’ is a rainwater tank program designed to help improve the health of Dobsons Creek, which runs through The Basin. Melbourne Water is seeking to jointly fund the installation of rainwater tanks with households in the area.

It is up to each household to determine what amount they would contribute to the cost of having a rainwater tank installed on their property via a tender process.

Installation of rainwater tanks on residential properties in The Basin will reduce the amount of stormwater that enters the creek, which affects the flows, native life and quality of water and vegetation cover.

Melbourne Water Team Leader, Dandenong and Bayside Area, Jarrod Mitchell, said that public awareness and uptake of the initiative was vital to contributing to the ongoing health of Dobsons Creek.

“We had 153 homes in The Basin successfully install a rainwater tank on their property in the first round of ‘Tanks for Helping Your Creeks’ and we’re aiming for similar numbers again in round two,” said Mr Mitchell.

“There is no commitment at the registration stage, but it will get the ball rolling, and we will be able to take the next steps towards determining whether or not your property is suitable for rainwater tank installation,” he added.

“We would encourage all households in The Basin area to register their interest before the deadline of June 30.”

Dobsons Creek is home to a variety of native birds, frogs and fish, and even supports a population of platypuses.

Residents can register their interest by emailing [email protected]

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