Summer is here, signaling the start of the dry season. And with El Nino showing effects worldwide, Australia is deceptively close to a drought. This means water conservation efforts are stronger than ever. There are multiple ways to save water but one of the most unique and economical has proven to be rainwater recycling.
Southeast Australia received above average rainfall during the wet season of 2017 proving that rainwater collection and reuse is a viable option. But if you think the system requires large areas for storage, you’d be mistaken. Small, slimline water tanks prove that rainwater collection can work even in small to medium-sized homes.
RAINWATER COLLECTION PROCESS
Rainwater storage starts with collection. Once rain lands on large surfaces—typically roofs—it is lead to drain out in gutters. The initial run-off will be full of sediments that will be separated by a series of screens and filters. Once the water is in the gutters, an installed rainwater catchment leads it to the water tank. The rainwater catchment is a separate series of drains that lead the collected rainwater away from the drainage spout of your gutters and into the storage tank.
PROTECTION FROM CONTAMINATION
Water tanks aren’t just a place to hold your water supply. Water tanks protect your rainwater from UV exposure which leads to stagnant water. Tanks must also be equipped with screens to protect from falling debris like rocks and leaves. They should always be suitable enough to deter mosquitos from breeding in your supply.
FILTRATION AND USE
Once the faucets are turned on, the stored rainwater pumped through even more pipes and filters. In some systems, UV filters are installed and the rainwater becomes potable. This makes the water safe for consumption and use.
While there are multiple ways to save water, rainwater tanks are an easy, sustainable way to store water and—quite literally—save it for a rainy day. Rainwater tanks are a great way to tap into Mother Nature’s resources and save money in the process.