Australia is hot and dry for the most part. In fact, it is the driest populated continent in the world. It is not surprising that it would have a shortage of fresh water supplies. To solve this, the government has invested in desalination technology. However, the process of taking the salt away from saltwater is a complicated one, and needs a lot of energy.
Industrial tanks that hold rainwater are a good alternative. You as a homeowner can help by having your own rainwater tank. Here are some things you should look for when buying a rainwater tank.
You need to check with your local council for information on the minimum requirements for your rainwater tank. You could waste your money on an unsuitable tank, and get a hefty fine besides. There may also be restrictions on location. Chances are there are people living near you who have water tanks. Pay them a visit and ask for their advice.
Many types of water tanks are available for home use. Decide on where you should put yours before going shopping. The location will help you choose the size and shape. You want it to blend with the surroundings. This is especially true if you want to keep your plumbing to a minimum. Close to your roof is good, so you can collect as much rainwater as you can.
Tanks can be made of plastic, fibreglass, concrete, or galvanised steel. Galvanised steel tanks with the proper lining have been the most popular choice for years because they are the most affordable and durable and have the least evaporation.
Water self-sufficiency is an important goal for all Australian homeowners. Rainwater is a readily available resource, and you can tap its benefits by getting the right water tank for your home.