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12 Reasons Why Every Australian Home Should Have a Rainwater Tank

Living in the worlds’ driest continent and with the increasing impacts of climate change, the need for sustainable water management is essential. Against this landscape, the iconic Australian rainwater tank offers households a practical solution to manage the challenges of water availability. 
In this article, we explore why every Australian home should embrace rainwater harvesting and the case for integrating rainwater tanks into Australian homes. 
1. Water Conservation:  
Australia is a continent prone to droughts and water scarcity. Rainwater tanks offer an effective means of conserving water by capturing rainwater that would otherwise run off into stormwater drains. 
2. Reduced Water Bills:  
Installing a rainwater tank can significantly reduce household water bills by providing an alternative source of water for non-potable uses such as gardening, flushing toilets, and washing clothes. 
3. Environmental Benefits:  
Utilising rainwater reduces the strain on municipal water supplies and lessens the need for extensive water treatment processes. This, in turn, lowers energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with water treatment and distribution. 
4. Drought Resilience:  
During periods of drought, rainwater tanks provide households with a reliable water source, reducing reliance on dwindling municipal water supplies and helping to maintain gardens and landscapes. 
5. Independence:  
Rainwater tanks provide households with greater independence from centralised water systems, offering a sense of security during water restrictions or emergencies. 
6. Quality of Water:  
Rainwater is typically softer and lacks the additives found in treated water, making it ideal for watering gardens. Additionally, rainwater is free from chlorine and fluoride, making it suitable for household uses such as laundry and cleaning. 
7. Localised Flood Prevention:  
By capturing rainwater on-site, rainwater tanks can help mitigate localised flooding by reducing the volume of water entering storm drains during heavy rainfall events. 
8. Government Incentives:  
In some Australian states, there are government rebates or incentives available to homeowners who install rainwater tanks, making the initial investment more affordable. 
9. Property Value:  
Installing a rainwater tank can enhance the value of a property, as it is seen as a desirable and environmentally friendly feature by potential buyers. 
10. Community Benefits:  
Encouraging widespread adoption of rainwater tanks can have broader community benefits, such as reducing pressure on municipal water infrastructure and promoting a culture of sustainability. 
11. Versatility:  
Rainwater tanks come in various sizes and designs, making them suitable for homes of all sizes and styles. 
12. Educational Opportunities:  
Embracing rainwater harvesting provides opportunities for educating the next generation about water conservation and sustainable living practices, fostering a greater appreciation for the natural environment. 

Rapid Plas is a family-owned business that have been making quality rainwater tanks in Tamworth for more than 30 years. Tanks are available in 24 different colours, ranging from 500L to 32,000L with a selection of shapes and styles, including round, slimline and super-slimline.     
If you need advice on rainwater harvesting, talk to our expert team to find out how we can help you. Call our team on 1800 816 299 or email  sales@rapidplas.com.au with your enquiry.