The collection of rainfall from roof run-offs is an ancient custom that has been practiced for centuries, all over the world. Even in rural and remote Australian areas, this relatively common tradition has helped many settlers survive extreme dry weather conditions in the past, and still does today!
Fighting the economic crisis and trying to conserve the planet’s limited natural resources, more and more people return to basic living. They want to save precious drinking water and by installing rainwater tanks, save money on their water bill.
Rainwater tanks can be installed anywhere on a property as an above ground, plastic or metal structure, or as an under house bladder system. Bladder Tanks are great for storing water under homes or decks and come in various sizes to fit different stump widths. Like all rainwater tank systems, they require very little maintenance.
How do rainwater tanks work? The process is simple. When it rains, the water that falls on your roof will run off to catchment areas. The water is guided from the gutters through downpipes, filters and screens. It finally ends up in a tank, where it is stored until it is used. If you wonder why you need sturdy screens, just think of all the debris, leaves and insects that may enter the storage tank. Even with regular gutter cleanings, unwanted elements may still end up in the collected rainwater and block your downpipes, or contaminate the water.
When you are planning a rain water tank installation you will have consider the following:
• What size and type tank will suit your needs?
• Where can the tank be installed?
• What is the size of the roof catchment area connected to the rainwater tank?
• Do you need accessories such as, a pressure pump, a backflow prevention device, tank top up, or a tank overflow outlet?
• How suitable is your roof?
• Do you need a foundation?
• What is your budget?
• Do you qualify for the Rainwater Tank Rebate Program? Inform yourself about every aspect of a rain tank installation and what kind of maintenance is required. Water from a rain tank can generally be used for:
• toilet flushing
• showering and bathing
• doing laundry
• water heating systems
• garden and lawn irrigation
• washing cars
• filling swimming pools, spas, fountains and ornamental ponds
• fighting fire
Many incentives and rebates are available to residential, commercial and industrial customers who have a rainwater tank installed by a professional. Rainwater tank installers can be found in local phone books, advertisements, or online. To find a reliable rainwater tank installer read reviews and verify that the installer:
• is qualified;
• offers free quotes and advice;
• offers competitive prices;
• will show references upon request;
• delivers are on time;
• only uses high quality products;
• guarantees products and craftsmanship.
After weighing up the cost of a rain water tank installation, you should also consider its long term benefits, which include large savings on your monthly water bill. Equally important is what your decision will do for the environment and how your actions can help secure the world’s precious water supply. Just think about that.