A quick guide to water tanks and collecting water
Rainwater tanks are a useful way to improve the sustainability of your home. They are, essentially, designed to catch and recycle rainwater to be used in the garden, bathrooms and other areas around the home. Rainwater collection is a beneficial exercise, however, it is important to ensure that you collect and store water correctly, as well as properly maintain the equipment.
This is our guide to collecting rainwater.
Assess the rainwater collection area
The catchment area will directly affect the quality of the rainwater, so it is important to consider how you intend on collecting it and the purpose for the collected rainwater. Rainwater itself is extremely pure, however, while it is being collected it will become contaminated by the things that it will come in contact with.
The quality of the collected rainwater is greatly affected by the surroundings, the climate and the rainwater collection system itself. This is why it is important to do everything you can to ensure that the water you collect is able to stay relatively clean from the get-go.
Different tank types
The type of rainwater tank that you use will greatly affect the quality of the water. Plastic tanks, galvanised steel tanks and concrete tanks are common types of tanks available on the market, with plastic tanks being the most popular. However, for those who intended on using their water for consumption, a taste and odour filter is recommended.
Check your existing tanks
If you have tanks, it is a good idea to inspect them regularly and their surrounding structures – such as gutters, downpipes and leaf guards in areas with overhanging trees. Check that direct sunlight does not enter the tanks as light encourages bacteria and algae growth, as well as any deterioration, rust or cracks.
The roof & water flow areas
It is important that you do not allow roof-mounted appliances such as air conditioners and hot water systems to discharge or overflow into the catchment area or gutters. You should also do the best you can to prevent leaves and pests from entering your gutter mesh, this aids in reducing sediment build-up and animal-borne contamination.
Monitor and maintain your rainwater systems
Maintaining your rainwater collection system is crucial to ensure the water is safe for use. While initial measures are always taken in the installation of rainwater tanks, those measures must be implemented continuously. Consider:
- Using leaf and rubbish diverters to protect inlets to rainwater tanks.
- Installing gutter mesh to keep vegetation and pests out.
- Cleaning regularly.
- Ensure that foliage and debris are cleared from your pipes to avoid clogging and blockages.
The team at Top Dog Plumbing can install water tanks, pumps, water diverter kits, downpipe kits and leaf strainers to enhance the functionality of the water tank. Contact us today on (07) 5370 9532 so we can assist you in all aspects of water management for your property.