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Four Simple Steps for Installing Rainwater Tanks from Bushmans Tanks

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Bushmans Tanks  recommends four simple steps for homeowners who are considering installing rainwater tanks at home.

Governments these days are encouraging the installation of rainwater tanks. This understanding has come about due to the drought and the realisation that large volumes of water are lost to the stormwater system.

Several benefits can be derived by homeowners from installing rainwater storage tanks.

For one, they own the water and can decide on its use.

Water tanks provide a clean source of water that is not reliant on the mains, thereby reducing costs. Additionally, rainwater tanks have a positive effect on the local environment by reducing stormwater runoff.

The following four simple steps can help homeowners decide whether they need a rainwater tank, and if they do, the type of water tank most suitable to their needs.

Step 1: Identify potential applications of the stored rainwater

Water tanks for rainwater collection and storage can be installed in the home environment for use in the garden, toilets and laundry in addition to washing the car as well as washing down the house and paths.

Mains water usage for these tasks is restricted during droughts. But rainwater stored in the water tanks may be the only source of water for these purposes.

Step 2: Savings from using stored rainwater

Watering gardens typically accounts for 25-30% of household water usage, which can be offset by using rainwater harvested from the roof in urban areas.

If connected to a toilet, rainwater can save up to 12 litres per flush while the laundry can save up to 150 litres per washing load.  

Rainwater can also be used to wash the car and paths around the house. Using the stored rainwater for these applications reduces demand on the mains supply and helps save money on water bills.

Step 3: How much water and what type of tank

The rainwater tank size can be finalised after determining the amount of water required by the household for various tasks in addition to the roof area one may want to use to collect rainwater.

Bushmans offers a tank calculator on their website that factors in data such as potential applications, catchment area of the roof and the annual rainfall of the area to determine the tank’s ideal capacity.

Tank type will depend upon the amount of water to be stored and the area available for installation. Slimline tanks are recommended if there are space restrictions as they can fit into narrow areas between the house and fence.

Round tanks are suitable for large spaces and in addition to larger storage capacity, are more cost-effective to install.

Step 4: Rules, regulations and recommendations

There are several factors to consider before installing rainwater tanks.

Potential buyers generally have questions about council approval, requirement for plumber installs, connecting the guttering to the tank, leaf guards and first flush diverters, overflow connection, pumps as well as maintenance.

A Bushmans Tanks representative is at hand to take potential buyers of rainwater tanks through a step-by-step process to ensure the tank and pump they select best meet their needs.

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