Everyday Domestic Benefits of Using Water Tanks to Collect Rainwater

“Waste not, want not” is always a good rule to live by, and this is why it is essential to make the most out of resources that you may otherwise take for granted. A key example is rainwater.

Today, people from all around the world are harvesting rainwater as a way to cut down on water bills at home as well as care for the environment. If you are interested in this approach to managing your home or garden, then you might have a few concerns. After all, a water tank will need to be kept in good condition if it is to be fit for purpose – so will the time and effort involved defeat the object of collecting rainwater in the first place?

Maintenance

Maintaining water tanks is a straightforward process. Much of your cleaning efforts will be focused on the gutters that lead to the tanks, rather than the tanks themselves. Specialized filtration is only necessary if you plan to drink the water. Electronic rainwater diverters will need to be checked regularly as a precaution to ensure that they are in working order, but for the most part they will not require constant maintenance.

Cost Concerns

Something to bear in mind when gauging costs will be the size of the tank, the location of the tank on the property and plumbing required and the amount of accessories fitted. The smaller tanks available on the market are inexpensive and do not require extensive maintenance; they will also be entirely suitable for the more basic household duties.

The idea of collecting rainwater as a way of obtaining everyday water may seem a little unusual or intimidating at first, but we hope that the above information has helped to set your mind at ease and get you on the way to collecting your own water.

Sources
Collecting and using rainwater, Smarter Home
Maintaining your rainwater tank, Sydney Water

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