For people building properties on the urban fringe or in rural areas, it is quite likely that you will not have a mains water supply. While there are no definitive statistics about the number of Australian homes that do not have access to a mains water supply, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that 22% of households outside capital cities rely on rainwater.
September marks the beginning of spring and before we know it, the heat of summer will be upon us. As all Australian’s know, the coming of summer also means the coming of bushfire risk, so it also means preparing properties for the upcoming fire season and reviewing bushfire plans.
If you are contemplating a rainwater harvesting system, before you do anything, you should always think about the end-game - what do you want to use the water for? This will determine the size and sophistication of the system and enable you to design and configure the system that will meet your goals.
For many homeowners, the prospect of getting a rainwater tank raises a question: Where can I put it so that it’s not too conspicuous? In this blog we explore 5 ways to make them conspicuous from putting it under the eaves or deck, blending it in or screening it or simply embracing your new rainwater tank.
A pump is needed when you want to use to use tank water for your home and garden. The water pump moves rainwater from where it is stored to where it is needed and provides you with a pressurised water flow for your house and garden taps.
Rainwater collected from a well-designed harvesting system can be suitable for all domestic uses. Increasingly, homeowners are plumbing houses with two sources of water supply, with tank water as the primary supply for non-drinking applications in the laundry, bathroom and toilet, and mains water supply for drinking water.Even with irregular rainfall, for many householders in regional New South Wales, a well-designed system with a 10,000L water tank can satisfy three-quarters or more of their total household water needs.
But what happens if your rainwater tank runs dry or a power failure stops your pressure pump delivering water to the house?