Concrete rainwater tanks are a great way to store rainwater from your roof. The stored water can be used for both the home and garden. Due to the great Australian drought personal rainwater tanks were introduced to suburban homes. Water also becomes very important in times of high fire danger for both storage and protection.
Therefore, if you are living in the areas of North and Mid North Coast including the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Southern Highlands, South Coast, Riverine, and Snowy Mountains then you must have a rainwater tank installed in your home.
Water restrictions have often applied during summers due to the low capacity of water flow. As a result, people of North and Mid North Coast have devised other ways to store and obtain water for personal use. This process of saving rainwater is termed rainwater harvesting. Installation of concrete rainwater tanks seems to be the best way to overcome drought and the recent fires.
WHEN TO INSTALL
A RAINWATER TANK:
The best time to install a water tank is when you don’t need it. The tank should be installed at the beginning of the wet season; it ensures that you have as much water as possible during dry seasons encountered through the NSW region.
Water tanks across NSW do not need any approval for installation. However, you still may require building approval. Before 2014, all houses were built to allow the installation of rainwater tanks.
Installation of concrete rainwater tank includes:
- Deciding the tank size and capacity according to the need.
- Choosing a suitable location for your water tank. The tank should be installed adjacent to the downpipes from the roof, so the rainwater can be stored directly into the tank.
- The tank should be positioned on the ground level.
BENEFITS OF WATER TANKS:
The benefits of concrete rainwater tanks are:
- It could save up to 40% of the drinking water supply. You get to save on your monthly water consumption hence, saving money on the monthly water bill.
- It could help the environment in a number of ways. It could reduce erosion and also control stormwater runoff.
- The collection of rainwater can reduce flooding in low land areas as well.
- Rainwater is free from pollutants and man-made contaminants. It can be used for gardening and re-use water.
- Rainwater stored onsite can be beneficial in wildfires during the harsh summers of the NSW region.
- Minimal household water usage.
- It can reduce the need for imported water supply.
It is very important to note that rainwater tanks need regular maintenance. There are some very easy maintenance tips to make your tank clean and reliable:
- Regularly check your tank from the inside.
- If the tank is empty, check for any holes and leakage.
- Regularly check the inlet screen whether it’s blocked or not.
Water tanks are quite a common sight in the areas of North and Mid North Coast including Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Southern Highlands, South Coast, Riverine, and Snowy Mountains. A rainwater tank has many practical uses mentioned above. Rainwater harvesting is a significant practice that will not only benefit your home but will do a lot of good to the environment.