Rainwater Tanks in WA: Clean Drinkable Water Whenever You Need It
Water is life; no one can live without it. As an irreplaceable aspect of living, water is sourced from various locales—rivers, ponds, deep wells, and many others. Like most places, residents in Western Australia (WA) get their water from community water systems. The downside of belonging to such a system is that the cost of water is steadily increasing, due in no small part to frequent cyclones and floods. Such conditions also mean that at times, clean water can be hard to come by.
Perth, WA residents can learn from the efforts of a South Asian country faced with a similar situation: Bangladesh. Due to the effects of climate change, the country’s cyclone situation is expected to get even worse. With over half of the population living in poverty, an average cyclone can cause storm surges and floods that not only destroy homes, but also devastate sources of income and food, making it difficult for families to recover.
To help curb the effects of massive weather disturbances, experts helped the locals design “climate-smart houses”. Measures that were implemented include elevated homes, raised garden beds, aquaculture, drip irrigation, and rainwater tanks. When a cyclone hits, a resident can consume home-grown fish and vegetables and drink purified rainwater captured in the tanks.
Western Australia, like Bangladesh, is a cyclone-prone region. Although not that drastic in Perth at the moment, climate change has caused tropical cyclones to affect the area in ways never seen before. Cyclones during the months of March and April now make up over 70 percent of the total number of storms affecting Perth.
With clean water getting more expensive and scarce at times, it’s no surprise that people want to have water catchments, such as WA rainwater tanks, in their properties. From saving money on your water bill to the availability of a valuable natural resource during times of need, there is a lot to like about having a rainwater tank installed on your property.
You can contact a trusted installer of raised garden beds and slimline rainwater tanks in Perth such as Rainfill Tanks and Curved Roofing Supplies if you’re interested in having such systems built in your home.
(Source: Cyclone-resistant house provides food, income and shelter in Bangladesh, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, Nov.18, 2014)