Traditionally rainwater tanks are associated with rural living - this however is changing in some urban areas as more people are becoming aware of the fact that rainwater is free. Installing these tanks (space permitting) can greatly reduce your household water bills.
Note: Although you can install a single rainwater tank the general practice today is to install a pair of tanks. One could be to act just as a back-up to the primary tank, or it could be mains fed from the town supply topping up the primary tank in the event of no rainfall. Also, most rainwater tanks today are fitted with a water pump, this gives improved water pressure at outlets and flexibility in tank location.
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Well, simply because you can save quite large amounts of water that you can then use in your home and garden.
There are some heath issues you should be aware of when thinking about installing a water collection tank or tanks, and they are:
These issues can be overcome so don't worry just be aware. The quality of the water has to be maintained and drinking water will have to meet the standards set by your health authority.
Here are a few tips to help you with rainwater collection.
*First Flush Diverter is a branch pipe connected to the tank supply pipe before the tank. The purpose of this pipe is to collect and divert away the first 20 - 25 litres of rainfall that may contain dirt and dust. This diverter pipe usually has a float that closes off the water to it when it is full. The pipe is emptied via a slow drip system.
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