Things Are Heating Up: WA Rainwater Tanks going against Bushfires
In a hot place like Western Australia, residents are helpless against the dangers of bushfires happening around Perth and nearby areas. Homeowners are at risk of getting their houses destroyed by the relentless fires brought about by the hot weather, or getting their supply of rainwater contaminated by the ashes from the fire.
Bushfires are among the problems that those living in Western Australia have to contend with yearly, requiring them to prepare themselves for the uncontrollable wrath of the fire. With temperatures soaring by as much as 40 degrees Celsius, and winds that can go as much as 35 kilometres per hour, the dryness caused by the heat makes it easier for the fire to spread, making homeowners turn to drastic measures to avoid being victims. Some of them even stock up their rainwater supplies to curb the uncontrollable fire.
While such preparations may seem tedious, these are necessary so that no disaster as devastating as the so-called “Black Saturday” bushfires in 2009, where 173 lives have been lost and thousands of homes destroyed, will happen again. However, although bushfires near your area might leave little to no impact on your house, it may still have already have contaminated your WA rainwater tanks without your knowing.
If you’re stocking up on rainwater supply—whether for drinking, preparing your food, or for personal hygiene—and your nearby area have experienced bushfires, it’s always best to check for signs of contamination, since it could have been directly or indirectly contaminated by ash, smoke, or debris. Ideally, you should immediately contact the authorities if your water tank was affected by bushfires. Until then, however, it is best for you to assume that your tank is contaminated, especially if it had direct contact to the heat. Its internal lining material, or the pipelines, may have already been damaged.
At best, in case of contamination, you can still use your rainwater supply in watering the plants, washing the car, flushing the toilet, or even fighting future fires that might start near your area—but never for hygiene or drinking, particularly if you notice that the water smells or tastes unusual, or if it contains debris or ashes.
If your rainwater tank suffered greatly from the fire, you might as well opt for a replacement, especially when you’re using the supply for drinking. Slimline rainwater tanks in Perth is one of the great choices, which companies like Rainfill Tanks and Curved Roofing Supplies offers, since it can fit in narrow areas and can be hidden from view.
(Source: Australia races to control major blaze before weather worsens, The Citizen)