Storm water tanks
Benefits of Using Stormwater Tank
Stormwater tanks have become quite a common sight all over Sydney, with more and more being deployed and installed each day. Steadily increasing water rates have led to the rise of stormwater tanks, despite city-wide restrictions. After all, installing a stormwater tank to reduce water bills, and collect storm rainwater to help maintain green gardens and lawns green gardens green is only logical. You can even accomplish other errands that demand water around your house with these tanks. Best of all, you do not need to be located near a farming community to install them. This is why people all around Sydney have embraced stormwater tanks. At Wilco Plumbing Services, we are here to help you find the ideal unit for you and your specific needs.
About Storm Water Tanks
Stormwater tanks are mainly constructed from materials such as plastic (polyethylene), concrete, galvanised steel, fibreglass and stainless steel—all of which are resistant to both rust and chemicals. Usually deployed on the surface, stormwater tanks are typically opaque in order to prevent the exposure of stored water to sunlight. They can be covered and protected with screens to keep insects, debris, animals and bird droppings from getting in. Almost all steel stormwater tanks come with a plastic inner lining to increase the life of the tank, prevent leakage and protect the water quality. Apart from rooftops, stormwater tanks can also be set up to collect stormwater from patios, driveways and other surfaces. Initial sizes normally range in capacity from around 400 to 100,000 litres. Smaller tanks, such as the plastic 208-litre (55-gallon barrel), are also used in some cases.
Most stormwater tanks used throughout the world are made out of polyethylene, a substance which is approved for potable water storage in most parts of the world. Other types of stormwater tanks are made of materials such as fibreglass, galvanised metal, stainless steel, and concrete. Each type of tank has positive and negative sides. Polyethylene tanks, when placed above ground, can be subject to algae growth as well as the possibility of a short life (20 years) because of UV exposure in sunlight. The very strong fibreglass tanks must undergo a specific coating process to be considered usable. Galvanised tanks must either be lined or coated to prevent the inevitable rusting. Uncoated galvanised tanks will leach zinc into the stored water and are not recommended in most cases—certainly not for water stored for human consumption. Concrete tanks leach a more benign substance—lime—into stored water and many are used around the world for rainwater storage. One method of collecting storm water is a modular, scalable system which can be installed underground. These came as an evolution of a geo-synthetic applications called Infiltration Tanks, which provide a void space volume when stacked. Improved and more cost effective industrial designs now allow for limitless storage of water underground.
Many water suppliers and health authorities, like the New South Wales Department of Health, for instance, do not recommend using stormwater for drinking when there is an alternative mains water supply available. However, reports of sickness related to stormwater tanks are relatively infrequent, and public health studies in South Australia (the Australian state with the highest stormwater usage) have not identified a correlation. Rainwater is generally considered fit to drink if it smells, tastes and looks fine. Australian standards differ greatly from other places in the world where rainwater is commonly used for drinking water. In the United States, rainwater is being increasingly used throughout the country for a variety of purposes.
While the Health Department and local government officials are usually against using collected water for drinking water because of the possibility of pollutants and contaminants, they do not deem it unsafe for a number of different purposes. These can be flushing toilets, watering green areas, and washing cars, to name a few. Just save your mains water for drinking usage as well as bathing and cooking purposes. Current water supplies in Sydney are struggling to keep pace with its constantly expanding population, especially in cases s known to have drought occur here and then. By using a stormwater tank, you will be doing your small part to live economically and save precious drinking water, as well as your money in the process. During heavy storms and rains, some places in Sydney are known to undergo bad cases of flooding. With stormwater tanks, you help in reducing the amount of water from the stormwater system and subsequently, reduce occurrence of minor local flooding. While Federal and State officials no longer provide benefits on deploying storm water tanks in Sydney, a few of the local councils are still mandating stormwater tanks for all new houses and house renovations. Talk with your Local Council and ask them if they give benefits or rebates for stormwater tank and pump purchases.
Unlike mains water, stormwater is not chlorinated and also contains amounts of nitrogen, an excellent nutrient for your plants. having your own source and supply of stormwater gives you the freedom to use it whenever and for whatever you want. It also means not having to worry about water restrictions or shortages ever again. You can run your own irrigation system whenever you like, be it to keep your gardens looking great or fill your swimming pool during those hot days of summer. If you connect your stormwater tank to Sydney´s water supply, you will need to have a backflow prevention system installed. This is to keep your storm water from contaminating the mains water supply if the water pressure changes and causes the water to flow backwards. So look to us to provide you with quality backflow prevention devices for all your stormwater needs.
Why Choose Us?
Because Sydney covers such a large area, the range of stormwater tanks is very big. If you have lots of space, then having an above ground stormwater tank is your best bet. If your space is limited, you should go for a slim line stormwater tank as it is ideal for those narrow locations on the side of the house. If you are dealing with limited space do not want your stormwater tank to be very visible, then a bladder, under deck or even underground stormwater tanks might be the best for you. These options can be more costly, mostly because of their design and the digging that is required for installation but it is your best alternative for deploying a rainwater tank in densely-populated Sydney.
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