If you’re someone that lives in a drought prone area, or perhaps lives far enough away from a city that you don’t have access to city water, and/or cannot dig your own well, then you might want to consider installing slim water tanks. Even a small water tank can be helpful to store rainwater as it can store as little as 5000 litre for you so that you can use it later. You might still consider a tank even if you are able to get city water. Conservation is important to a lot of people and you’d be surprised how much water you can store all on your own. Just imagine all the money you would end up saving on water bills. Plus, you get the benefit of using water that hasn’t been treated by any chemical that are often found within city water. But before you go jumping in, there are a few things you’ll want to consider first.
Do you have the space for a water tank?
This may seem common sense but depending on where you live, you may have to go with a smaller model than you would like so that you have some place to put it. Alternately, the space you have available may not be ideal. If you end up with a tank that isn’t visually appealing then you don’t want it sitting in a place where it is constantly seen. On the flip side of the coin if you haven’t finished any of your landscape yet or are open to unique ideas, then you may want to make the tank a feature instead of something that needs to be hidden away.
If you do want to hide it you may consider unused space as storage for your tank. How often do you go under your deck? Probably never. You could potentially put your new water tank in this unused space so that it is not only out of sight but is also not taking up space that could be put to better use.
How large of a tank do you want or need?
To figure out the size of the tank you need you will need to do a little bit of maths. Don’t worry, it’s nothing too complicated. You’ll simply need to figure out the size of your roof. The size of your roof is important because you’ll need to figure how much run off rain water you will be able to collect. The larger your roof, the more water. A basic gauge is about one single millimetre of rain water on one square meter of roof will equal about a litres worth of water. That can add up to quite a lot depending on the size of your home and the amount of rain you receive yearly. All of these are calculations you will want to consider before making a purchase.
You might also want to consider that just because you could save a certain amount of rain water doesn’t mean you absolutely have to. If you only have a small yard and only want rain water to be able to water your summer garden then maybe you only need a small tank. Getting a giant tank to store water you will never use is pointless. If you have a huge yard and a quite sizeable garden or lawn then you might need a larger tank that will store all of the water you could need. The point is that you want to focus on selecting a tank size that will fit your usage.
Keep in mind that you can also use the water from your water tank for more than just watering your lawn and vegetables. You could potentially use the water whenever you do laundry, use the toilet, at bath time, or any other number of things. If you do want to consider using it for these extra tasks then you’ll want to do a little bit more maths and try to calculate how much water each uses. How many times do you do laundry a week? How much water does your washer use? An estimate is good enough and you’ll want to select a tank that would go above and beyond your estimated water use just in case you need more. In considering these items you will also want to take into account how many people are in your household and will be using the water from the tank. If you’re just a couple then your water usage is probably fairly low. If you’re a large family with several children then the water use will be higher.
Do you want to drink it?
If you are lucky enough to live far away from pollution then you can certainly drink the water from your tank. You’ll probably be quite surprised by the clean fresh taste compared to regular city water that has a bunch of chlorine and other chemicals. Keep in mind that if you are going to be using your tank for drinking water that you will need to have it tested at least once a year to ensure that it is clean and healthy to drink. You will also want to make sure that you have what is called a “first-flush diverter” installed onto the down pipe. You can also install a filter so that the water stays as clean as possible. You will also want to be careful about the paints and/or coatings that are used on your roof since the water you will be drinking will be flowing from this area.
To keep the water clean you will also want to make sure to keep your gutters clear of debris that is often dropped by overhanging trees. Items such as bark, branches, and leaves should be cleaned out often. If you can, you should install gutter covers which will help to keep the tree debris from ever entering your gutters at all. You will still need to clean the covers off but at least you won’t end up with leaves or moss in your drinking water.