Life depends on water and the availability of water depends on how it is collected.
Australians have been harvesting rainwater into tanks to use in our homes since colonial times. With an increase in awareness of the benefits of harvesting rainwater more Australians than ever before are asking how we can live sustainably and preserve our precious resources.
The answer to this question has seen a resurgence in the use of rainwater tanks in urban and suburban areas.
Here we look at the top benefits and reasons why you would consider buying a rainwater tank for your home.
7 benefits of having a rainwater tank
1. Less water restrictions
Climate change and other environment-related changes can mean water shortage, leading to government-imposed restrictions. This can be a problem, especially for households that need to consume more than average users. Fortunately, collecting rainwater can help solve this problem. Not only will you have more than enough for daily hygiene use, you’ll also have some for extras like filling a small-sized pool.
2. Tanks save money on water bills
By using rainwater that you collect around the house and garden, you can save plenty. Water consumption at home can be costly, especially if you have a big family. Constant flushing of toilets, for instance, amounts to as much as 30 per cent of your utility bill. But that’s not all. Take note how often you and members of your household use it for showering, general cleaning and household chores. Incorporating the use of rainwater in your daily life can greatly help reduce your bills.
3. Better quality drinking water
Rainwater is a wonderful natural water for drinking, however your rainwater tank system must be designed, operated and maintained to ensure the water quality is suitable. Water filtration using high quality filters is highly recommended and should be considered for those whose immune system is compromised.
Check out our article on the Top 5 reasons to filter water here.
4. Decrease Stormwater Damage
Rainwater harvesting assists in decreasing stormwater runoff, thereby helping to reduce local flooding and scouring of creeks.
Thereby helping to reduce the damage to our creeks, rivers and oceans caused by heavy stormwater runoff. Therefore, rainwater tanks are a great way to make a positive impact on your garden, home and local environment.
5. Use Tanks for Healthy Gardens
Rainwater is fantastic for supplementing the watering of garden areas. If you are a green thumb and your garden is your personal oasis, a tank is a welcome addition to your home. You can rely on rainwater tanks to keep your garden healthy year round and not be effected by restrictions or dry weather conditions.
6. Great for the Environment
Clean water is one of our most precious, fast-depleting resources. To help reduce the negative impact on the environment, conserving rainwater is a must. You can do this by checking for leaks, replacing older appliances like washing machines and dishwashers, planting climate-appropriate flora, and of course, installing a tank for your home. By doing all these, you can help with environment preservation in your own way.
7. Less pressure on mains water
Rainwater collected from a well-designed, well-maintained system can be suitable for all domestic uses. The more uses, the greater the savings on mains.
Depending on tank size and climate, mains water use can be reduced by up to 100%. This in turn can help: reduce the need for new dams or desalination plants
protect remaining environmental flows in rivers reduce infrastructure operating costs.
In summary, using rainwater tanks can reduce water bills, provide an alternative supply during water restrictions and help maintain a green, healthy garden and planet.
Do I need a rainwater tank?
Your ability to harvest rainwater, store it and use it varies on your circumstances.
Urban households typically have a connection to a reticulated, treated (mains) water supply but may have the ability to install and benefit from a rainwater tank.
Most rural households have to source all their water on their property, and rainwater often provides a better quality household supply than that of rivers, bores or dams.
What does a rainwater tank Cost?
Prices vary greatly depending on needs, from as little as $400 for a small 500L Poly plastic tank all the way up to $3,000 - $5,000 for a larger great quality option.
Rebates may be available from Australian, state, territory and local governments in certain situations.
Go to www.yourenergysavings.gov.au to check the Australian, state or territory government rebates available for your property, and contact your council directly to find out if they offer rebates.
The rebate amount usually depends on the tank volume and the types of household uses for the water.
Does the quality of tank matter?
In short yes it does.
You need to ensure that your tank and system not only stores water, but also manages it well and is built to last in the harsh Australian weather
Vandy’s offer a full range of rainwater tanks, filters & accessories to suit your need. Visit the team today or contact us to find out more. Famous for speedy water solutions with a smile come and talk to those who know your water needs best.