Multiple Rainwater Tanks or Just One Big Tank?

Multiple Poly Tanks (Team Poly)

Interested in buying a rainwater tank? It might be worthwhile purchasing several smaller ones rather than one large tank.

Choosing whether to install multiple tanks or one single tank really depends upon several factors.

  • Storage needs – how much water do you need to store? If you only need small water storage (less than 10,000L), then cost-wise a single tank is likely better. On the other hand, if you need around 35,000L then you could get two 22,500L tanks.
  • Property space – can you fit in a single large tank on your property? If you can, is it in an ideal position? Would two or more multiple smaller tanks fit better on your property?
  • Council requirements – do you need a water retention tank that stores water for fighting bushfires, or are you required to detain water to assist with stormwater drainage in your area? If so, sometimes having a separate tank for these needs is best.
  • Rainwater & Stormwater – many harvest rainwater that falls on rooftop, and it is becoming common to capture stormwater that flows down driveways and pathways into underground stormwater tanks. Rainwater overflowing from your tank, rather than being fed into stormwater drainage, can be fed into your stormwater tank.
  • Preferred Tank Style – certain styles of tank are only available in certain capacities. Slimline tanks, which are great along the side of your house, are only available up to 5,000L capacities. Of perhaps having a tank completely out-of-sight appeals to you, in which case underground tanks or underdeck tanks would be desirable.

Catchment Areas in Aussie Rainwater Systems

While we can’t determine how much it will rain in a particular area of Australia, we can fortify the catchment area of our Aussie rainwater tanks to tap the most of it. This article aims to answer all commonly asked questions about catchment areas of rainwater tanks.

Why is it important of know the rainwater catchment area?

As the name implies, it is the area that will ‘catch’ rainwater falling on it and send it to tank to store for future use. Catchment area is important because knowing the average rainfall, it allows you to estimate approximately how much water you can collect. Subsequently, it also helps in calculating the size of required water tanks.

How is catchment area calculated?

It is the sum total of area of all surfaces that can channel the rainwater they receive to the tank’s inlet. It includes all flat roofs, eaves as well as slants. The catchment area of a small house in Australia is ideally between 100 and 150 sq. meters.

What should the catchment area be made of?

Any area with timbre, even if it is treated must not be used as the catchment area. It should be made of concrete. If there is any uncoated lead in the roof, it should be painted over to ensure that the lead does not contaminate the water.

How can the water collected by catchment area kept free of pollutants?

The biggest problem in keeping catchment areas pollutant free is to prevent flow of contaminated water from the above.

How can the efficiency of catchment area be maximized?

The trick is to eliminate any elements that hamper water from hitting the catchment area. Keep surrounding vegetation trimmed and remove any overhanging structures like external window sills that jut over the catchment area.

What about the material your water storage tank catching the rainwater?

Recently, there have been reports in Australia of consumers receiving lead poisoning from water in their tanks. No doubt, these people were reassured that the water from their tank would be perfectly drinkable. But we all know there are many dodgy people out there who will say anything to make a sale. Give yourself peace of mind by simply purchasing a non-metallic poly tank from Tank Shop.

Swimming Pools Safety Tips

Many people don’t take safety seriously when it comes to swimming pools. You should. Below are some tips to help you:

  • Ensure that the pool is frequently cleaned. The water should be inspected and be cleared of debris. You must always ensure that periodic inspection is carried out on the water, drains, and vacuum points, etc. The importance of good hygiene cannot be overemphasized here.
  • You must always verify all electrical like water pumps and wires connected to the swimming pool to ensure they are properly connected. This is necessary to avoid electrocution in anyway. Remember, water is good conductor or electricity.
  • Apart from electrical wires and equipments associated with swimming pools, filters, pumps, and other devices used in the pool should be inspected for safety.
  • The ladder used for swimming pools (especially above ground swimming pools) should always be placed and provided in a secured location.
  • Rainwater tanks are a great way to top up water without worrying about council restrictions or water rates.

The above safety tips can help to prevent hazards in the use of swimming pools. Whether you are having in ground or above ground pool, following the above tips can help you get clean water and prevent the hazards and risks associated with swimming pools.

Basics of Water Storage Tanks You Need to Know

Rainwater used in the HomeWater tanks are used to store water that is intended to be used in the future. There are several types of water tanks and these come in different sizes, shapes and brands. In addition, there are a great deal many suppliers.

Also, farms, gardens, and other outdoor sites may have the need for water tanks.

There are big rainwater tanks and there are small tanks. Whatever be your need, you are sure to find a brand that will most likely satisfy your need.

The uses for water tanks

Individuals or groups can buy or install a water tank for different reasons. The manufacturers have particular purposes in mind when building such tanks. The common reasons for using water tanks include:

  • storage of drinking water
  • storage of water for  irrigation agriculture
  • storage of water for use in food preparation
  • storage of water for chemical manufacturing
  • storage of water for agricultural farming( which includes plants and livestock)
  • storage of water for the suppression of fire, etc

Guide To Help You Get the Best of a Car Service

Washing Car TyreOnce you become a car owner or driver, it becomes very much important to ensure that the car is serviced regularly. This is important especially as it helps to keep you constantly on the road. For sure, you will not want a situation where your car has to break down on the road just because you fail to do a simple check on the level of the engine oil to see if you could have topped it.

Car servicing is a fundamental procedure and you need information of how best to make the most it.

The procedure involves inspecting, replacing, and repairing parts or components of the engines, tires, battery, etc of car.

The following are 2 quick tips that can guide you on getting the best of your car services.

  • Get to understand the car servicing schedule included in the car manual by the manufacturer. Every manufacturer has a schedule in which is stated the interval of car servicing. The schedule will most likely show the time period or the mileage coverage needed for the car.
  • You should follow the instructions contained in the manual to help maintain the function of your car.
  • You the service of a reputable car service center or mobile mechanic. Your first point of call may likely be the dealership from where you bought the car. Most dealerships have service centers where car owners can come for service. Just ensure you get a fixed price car service and compare with other quotes as many dealerships will often hike the price up.
  • Apart from dealerships, there are many independent car servicing centers. Checkout on these and ensure you lookout for the reputation of a company before your select the right one.

Water Tanks for Potable Water

Below are some quick facts that you need to know about water tanks for potable water:

  • Any size of tank can be used for the storage of potable or drinking water but the sanitary condition of the tanks is what is more important.
  • Water tanks for drinking or potable water can be installed to collect drinking water sources like boreholes, dams, rainwater, rivers, creeks, and irrigation channels.
  • Potable water tanks can be installed above ground or could be installed underground.
  • For best results in helping to provide the right quality of water, potable water tanks are most often installed with filters, fine-mesh screens, and other materials to prevent contamination.
  • Potable water tanks can be cleaned easily by owners if they follow the recommended standard cleaning procedure. You can still engage the services of professional water tank cleaners to help you out.

For more information read: Is Drinking Rainwater From Your Water Tank Safe?

Gardening and Environment – Watering In a Community Gardening

Need a water tank for your garden?One system of gardening which really helps to impact the environment for good is community gardening. This is a practice whereby a piece of land is collectively cultivated. In many parts of the world, community gardening is very popular. In Australia many families and neighborhoods engage in community gardening. The following are quick facts about community gardening you should know.

Why most people and countries engage in community gardening

There are many reasons for which the practice of community gardening has become necessary in many parts of the world. These include:

  • Production of fresh foods to be used by families and members of the communities.
  • To help promote unity and cooperation among members of the community.
  • To help in protecting and preserving the natural environment against the effects of environmental degradation.
  • To help alleviate the impact of global warming or climate change at the community level.
  • To help in creating awareness about environmental sustainability like conserving rainwater.
  • To help in the production of certain crops that might have been scarce.
  • To foster the development of the community. Many events and seminars are often introduced so the community can learn and move forward.
  • To improve the physical health and well being of the community members who eat the locally produced foods which are from natural sources. Hence, community gardening promotes better nutrition.
  • To promote green environment by helping to restore oxygen to the air and reducing pollution.
  • The immediate environment of which the community garden is grown is beautified through the communal efforts.
  • Community gardening is vital for physical exercises as it most often is labor- intensive. By this way participants exercise indirectly and their physical health is promoted

If you decide to start up a community garden where you live, partition to your local council and investigate registering a non-profit organisation. Also seek out sponsorship with local businesses as this can result in you receiving much of your equipment and supplies like gardening tools and rainwater tanks for free.

Conclusively, these are some of the most stunning details you should know about the importance of community gardening.  You can get more quick facts about this type gardening and how it impacts on the environment from any of the community garden associations in your area.