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Save Water and Money by Installing a Rainwater Tank

Water and money are two valuable resources and if you can save more of them it’s a win-win! A strategically positioned rain water tank will capture water from your roof and keep it stored safely to use again around you home. This water can be recycled and used again for;

  • Cleaning, car washing and watering the garden

  • Use in your washing machine and for toilet flushing

When heavy rain or a storm hits, your rainwater tank catches excess water which be available to use around your home. Not only will this help to reduce your water bill, but it will save on how much excess water you use. Brisbane is known as one of the most water efficient cities in the developed world, with around 90,000 rainwater tanks being installed from 2005-2009.

Most of the time, residential rainwater tanks don’t need approval, but it can depend. Your preferred plumber can advise. The size, intended location and whether the tank will need plumbing inside may affect planning requirements. If you think you may need permission, check with your local council to cover yourself.

Before you install a rainwater tank, you need to decide what size suits your needs, where you will place it and what your budget is for installation. Your local plumbing experts can help you decide and below are some things to consider.

  • Work out the space you have available, your budget and proposed needs for the tank

  • Ask your plumber if the tank is Australian standard certified

  • Check the compatibility of the tank to your current home systems

  • What are the rainwater tanks warranty conditions?

  • Ask your local plumbing experts which design and location for the tank they recommend

  • Check with your local council for any permissions or approvals needed

  • Investigate the backup supply options for internal connections

Cost can vary for rainwater tanks depending on your specific requirements. Prices usually start from $500 upwards with the size, shape, fittings and raw material used for the tank affecting the end cost.

There are a few factors to consider when deciding on a location for your rainwater tank.

  • Ensure your tank is not blocking your neighbours view or natural light and also your own. The last thing you want is to look out the window and not have a view!

  • Where will the rainwater mostly be re-used? A good idea is to have the tank near this area

  • Take note of where your existing downpipes are

  • If a pump will be installed, consider the noise factor

  • Take any building regulations and permissions into consideration

  • Do you need easy access for maintenance purposes?

  • If the tank will be placed on a retaining wall, consider the stress it can put on yours or your neighbours property

Talk to the team at AJP Plumbing and Gas for more details on having a rainwater tank installed.

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