Many places in Australia, particularly those that are far from the source, have trouble getting water. Because of this there is a huge demand in the country for rainwater tanks that can not only store water, but also last during the harsh weather in Australia.
Climate change and other changes related to the atmosphere will mean water shortages, leading to restrictions imposed by the government. This can be an issue especially for households that require more than average users to consume. Fortunately, rainwater collection can help to solve this problem. You will not only have more than enough for everyday hygiene use, you will also have some for extras, such as filling a small pool.
In modern tanks, several colours are available. Designer screens, along with plants that create a green screen, are available to aesthetically screen the tank. In order to really combine eco with design, new items on the market include water tanks in the form of retaining walls.
Aside from homes in rural areas, these water storage methods can also greatly help those who live in the city. We list the top five reasons in this post why everyone should consider getting a tank for their house.
Think of all the appliances that need to use water to work in your house. It is no wonder your water bills will spike, from the washing machine to the dishwasher. You not only compensate for the energy usage of these appliances, you also need to use water every time you use them. You will save loads by using the rainwater you obtained to wash the car, fill the swimming pool, do your laundry, water the plants in your yard, clean the outside of the house and more.
Do rainwater tanks save Money?
Water consumption at home especially if you have a large family, can be expensive. For eg, constant flushing of bathrooms amounts to as much as 30 percent of your utility bill. But it isn’t all that. Bear in mind how much you and your family members use water for showering, general washing and household chores. It will significantly help reduce your water bill by including the use of rainwater in your everyday life.
Is a Rainwater Tank Worth It?
Harvested rainwater will at the very least, be used to water the garden and wash the vehicle. If your tank is built by a licensed plumber, they may also attach it to provide your toilet and washing machine with it. Then the savings from water (and money) will really start to add up, as garden watering and toilet flushing have been calculated to account for as much as half of the water we spend.
How Does A Rainwater Tank Work?
During a rain storm, rainwater or detention tanks store the water that is collected from the roof of a house. The harvested water can be used to minimise the use of mains water on a property by providing some, if not all, household needs with water, reducing our reliance on mains water and helping to safeguard this essential resource.
Can Anybody Have A Rainwater Tank?
Any homeowner may choose to install a water tank, but each water authority and local council appears to have its own regulations. It may require a planning or construction application, and there are laws to adhere to about drinking rainwater, backflow and mosquito breeding prevention. Regulations on the colour, height and position of the tank, and the noise produced from the pump can also be found. Those building from scratch or undertaking a major renovation should also be mindful that it will also include some energy and water-efficient features.
What Size Rainwater Tank Do I need?
You need to think of the wider size of the structure itself when you think of a water reservoir, this includes the tank, downpipes, guttering, home inhabitants, and the roof. As the more rain saved for a dry day the better you can try to install as big a tank as your home can afford. The biggest advantage is that right when we need it the rainwater flows. To pump it from an external source, there is no need for transport, external pipelines or dams.
As a general rule, for every 1 millimeter of rainfall the roof collects about 1 litre of water per square metre of roof. So by measuring (x) square metres of roof space available to connect to your tank, multiplied by the amount of rainfall.
How Do I Clean My Water Tank Without Removing Water?
In order to maintain good health, regular water tank cleaning means healthier cleaner water, which is essential. Even if you are only using the water for outdoor use (such as watering your garden), you still have to regularly clean your tank.
Both tanks should be tested every 2-3 years for sediment accumulation, or earlier, if sediment is visible in the flow of water. Sediments collected may be a cause of chemical contaminants, as well as odours and off-tastes.
Without emptying the tank, sludge can be removed by syphoning. Use an inverted funnel at the end of a hose to do this and gently shift it around the bottom of the tank. It is possible to release the sludge, plus the lower portion of water in the tank, into waste. A syphon hose with a diameter of approximately 50 mm should be used if leaves and coarser debris are found in the sludge.
Using the required motor-operated pump and adapters, sludge can also be drained from the tank with minimal water loss.
Types of Water Tanks
Concrete tanks: With load-bearing lids, they are suitable as an in-ground solution under garages and driveways.
Steel tanks: With polythene tank covering, steel tanks are extremely solid to stop corrosion and insure water quality.
Plastic or poly tanks: These are lightweight and simple to mount in a range of shapes, colours and sizes.
Fibreglass tanks: While a bit more costly, they are corrosion-resistant and robust and are a long-lasting option.