Guidance on use of rainwater tanks

Injury and drowning/accidental death

Page last updated: March 2011

Any water body can cause death through drowning and rainwater tanks are no exception. The greatest risk is to young children playing on or near rainwater tanks. In recent years three children have drowned in rainwater tanks (Gibson 2008). A study by Byard (2008) identified the need to identify any access points to rainwater tanks including nearby trellises, trees and ladders which could be used by children to climb onto tanks.

All rainwater tanks should be roofed and access points should be child proofed.