Rainwater collection is a common practice for many Australians as a way to conserve water. Despite being a popular option for many residential and rural properties, however, many people are still not making the most of their rainwater collection systems.
If you live in South Australia, your water bill will soon see cuts, as water prices are set to go down by an average of $51 per year by the start of the next financial year. This means that to truly make the most of your water conservation efforts, you need to make sure to store it properly.
Filter Before You Drink
In most areas across Australia, there’s little risk of illness arising from drinking rainwater. You can drink the rainwater you collected provided it is visually clear, has no smell or taste, and more importantly, it was collected and stored using a well-maintained tank and catchment system.
Irrespective of how the water is used, its quality depends on sensible maintenance program. Corrugated water tanks are a great option for storage, but you can still take safety a step further by using a filtration system.
Keep it Flowing
Storing water too long can contaminate it, which is what happened to a city in California. The water sat too long, and heat created a chemical imbalance, which made the water unsafe to drink.
Especially when you use chemicals to disinfect water, be sure to keep it flowing. Do not store too much water, especially if you will not use it for a long time.
Clear the Pipework
All rainwater tanks should be completely sealed. If not, it can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
In Western Australia, the most common mosquito found to breed in water tanks has been proven to be carriers of Ross River and other mosquito-borne viruses.
Be sure to clear the gutters and pipework, and that these are self-draining or at least fitted with drainage points. One small opening can allow one tiny mosquito to wreak havoc on your whole water system.
More importantly, work only with professionals. From installation to repair, it’s best to let the experts do the work. This, along with other proper maintenance works, will ensure you’re getting the most of your rainwater storage system.