By catching the downpours in your tank regularly, you can reduce your water bills. However your tank will need a little care to get good quality rainwater to make sure it is safe to use.
Here are the tips to maintain clean and reliable water in your tanks:
- Proper design and installation of the tank
- Make sure your roof doesn’t contain lead based paints
- Install first flush diverters and leaf screeners
- Regularly check tank inlet and outlet
- Dislodge the tank every 2 to 3 years
- Disinfect the tank water if contamination is suspected
Proper design and installation of the tank
The quality of rainwater often depends on how the tank has been installed. Make sure to hire a reputable company to assure quality installation service making your tank function its proper use. CPR Outdoor Centre are your reliable patio people and we can install your rainwater tank properly. We can also recommend you appropriate design to sell quality Western Australia made poly tanks that come in a range of colours to match your house or fence.
Make sure the roofs and gutters don’t contain lead based paints
Before installing a rain water tank always check your roof to see if they contain lead based paints orbitumen coatings. This is especially important if you have an older home. If you suspect your roof has lead paint it will contaminate the rainwater making it unsafe for you to consume. If you suspect lead, you must get your rainwater tested before using it to drink, water veggies or fruit trees.
Install first flush diverters and leaf screeners
Install first flush diverters to improve water quality by preventing the first lot of water that may contain roof contaminants, dirt, bird droppings etc from entering the tank. Assure cleaner water and protect rainwater pumps and internal household appliances like the washing machine, toilet, and many more.
Use leaf screeners to block leaves and other organic material as they can stain and pollute the water. Use filtration device to remove rust or organic staining to improve drinking quality of the rainwater provided that they are installed following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Regularly check tank inlet and outlet
Inspect the tank inlet and outlet screens to make sure there will be no mossies or other pests contaminating the water. Always check these areas to avoid unwanted sickness by using unpolluted rainwater.
Completely empty the tank every 2 to 3 years
Remove rainwater from the tank after 2 years as a minimum to make sure water is safe and uncontaminated. Emptying your tank means eliminating harmful substances that may be present.
Disinfect the tank water
Sterilise the rainwater if contamination is suspected. Regularly inspect the tank water to avoid unwanted health problems.
How to get the best rainwater in your tank this winter!
Follow the tips to keep your tank in tiptop condition.
Need help installing a rainwater tank?
Contact CPR Outdoor Centre Bunbury on 9726 2311 or Busselton on 9754 2657 to make an appointment in installing your new tank. Ring us today to get a FREE quote.