Due to its generally hot and dry climate, fresh water is a valuable commodity in Australia. Especially those people, who do not live in high-density areas have limited access to mains water and rely on underground tanks as a primary source of water. Collecting rainwater for a wide range of purposes is very common and as our population grows, so does the pressure on water use. To ensure future water supply, we should use our resources more carefully and conserving rainwater even in areas with fresh, clean water supply will help reduce the need to build water storage dams.
Collected rainwater is also used to extinguish bush fires in Sydney and Canberra areas. The long-lasting tanks from 40mpa steel fibre reinforced concrete can be installed underground hence they will not be destroyed during a fire but help fight the flames.
When collected and stored in a well-maintained system, rainwater can be suitable for all domestic uses such as car washing, garden watering, laundry, bathing, toilet flushing, food preparation and even as a source of drinking water when treated. The general public opinion is that rainwater is safe to drink in most areas of Australia and the risk of getting sick from consumption is relatively low in places without heavy industry.
The growth of urban centres puts pressure on groundwater supplies not only in people’s homes but also on industrial use and food consumption. A problem that causes people across the nation to look for ways to save on mains water. The use of rainwater has become a major national strategy to enhance water conservation, and there has been a steady progression from rainwater tanks being installed even in urban areas as communities adjust to the reality of climate change followed by drought and water restriction. This is why also the Australian Government supports the installation of in-ground tanks reducing the pressure on groundwater resources due to the growing number of Australia’s citizens.
The size of residential tanks depends on the volume of water needed for the range of uses required, the amount of rainfall and the area of roof catchment. If the house is near an area where there is the danger of bushfires and water used to extinguish the flames, one should also take into account the security of supply required.
If you consider getting an in-ground tank to save not only on bills but also national water resources, get in contact with us. Our professional team at Sydney Water Tanks will explain in detail how to manage and use rainwater tanks and will assess your property conditions in terms of rainfall to find the right tank and storage size for you.