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BRAD's Tip for The Month
Water Tanks Benefits
Installing a rainwater tank to your property is a great way to tackle imposed water restrictions. By collecting rain water and using this alternative supply, you are not only saving yourself a lot of money in water bills but are also relieving pressure on water scarcity issues. By having a rain water tank you can still enjoy the luxuries you are used to when water bans are not in place. These luxuries can include washing your car, topping up your swimming pool, flushing toilets, washing clothes, watering the garden and even running your dishwasher.
Rain water can also be filtered for drinking and be made portable. In fact, some people have told me they prefer the taste to their filtered tank water to ordinary tap water.
Water tanks are available in many different styles and sizes to suit your homes appearance and access. I would recommend you choose the largest tank possible that is within your price range and also fits your property size as smaller tanks ride the risk of running dry in the hot seasons, so larger tanks are usually more beneficial. Once you know how much water you would like to store, you can then decide on what type of tank to buy.
The most common options are poly (plastic) and steel, though bladder tanks, underground tanks and concrete tanks may turn out to best suit your site. Steel tanks available in zincalume, colourbond, and long life stainless, can be made to size -- good for small properties or unusual spaces. However most steel tanks require a concrete slab which is an extra cost. Poly tanks can be sat on packed sand, easier and cheaper to make. They probably last at least as long as zincalume and colorbond steel, but not as long as stainless. Concrete tanks are generally used only on rural properties, as the walls are thicker. Bladder tanks can be situated under decking.
So if you do want more access to water without being hit with the cost and guilt, I would highly recommend installing a water/rain tank on your property.