What questions you should ask before installing water tanks?

What questions you should ask before installing water tanks?

slim water tanks for rainwaterIf 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.

David’s Adventure

David’s Adventure

Read at your own peril. This could be as fictitious as your imagination.

New Year is a time for joy, happiness and merry making. This was not so for ten year old David who lived with his mother. His mother, Alice, had just gotten a promotion at her place of work which came with moving to a new location. Not even the big beautiful house would fill the gap Alice and David felt missing their neighbours, friends and family. It was hard but with time Alice and David would get used to it. Alice was looking for a new school which David would join so she woke up very early in the morning prepared for David breakfast and a warm bath.  At the sight of the school David’s face lit up because of the drawings on the walls. David cut loose from his mother’s grip and joined kids in playing  during their lunch hour break. His mother tried chasing and shouting after him but to no avail. It was then she felt a tap on her shoulder and on turning Alice saw a smartly dressed lady behind her. The lady advised Alice to leave David alone and follow her to her office. Alice explained to the lady, who was the principal, what exactly she was looking for; the principal explained that David would have to undergo an assessment test. Alice agreed and to the amusement of the principal David was outstanding.  The principal did not hesitate handing over an admission letter to David and his mum immediately. Alice was relieved but there was only one problem: to get to the school’s bus stop David would have a ten minute bus drive in the morning.

The next day David woke up very early because he couldn’t wait to get to his new school. Alice took time to explain to David how to get to the bus stop but he was too excited to hear anything. Alice then took a piece of paper and wrote down the directions and instructions, and gave it to David. As he was getting in the bus he had to pay the bus fare and in the process he lost the instruction paper, David struggled looking for it. David had already forgotten the name of his stop and on looking up he realized twenty minutes had passed since he got onto the bus and his mother clearly said it would take ten or less minutes. David now was anxious, all sweaty and you could hear his heart beating. He alighted at the next stop and decided to go back by foot. David was tired and the sun was getting hotter so he took a rest in a nearby bush and cried himself to sleep. David thought he was dreaming when he felt cold and wet on his arm only to be woken by the barking of a puppy. Startled David woke up, it was a cute white puppy, so he called out for the owner of the puppy, but no one answered. Alice called the school to find out if David made it but to her surprise she was told he was not there yet. Alice was confused it was one and a half hours since David left the house. She ran out of the house confused holding a picture of David and explained to a few neighbours what happened. After about an hour David’s hopes of being rescued by the puppy’s owner were crashed; the puppy was tired and had already fallen asleep.

Alice went to the bus stop and took the bus and explained to the driver her problem on the way. The bus driver assured her that she needed not worry because buses on the route were timed, so he took her to the stations office. Explaining what happened, the supervisors called the driver who was on route at the time; he said he saw the boy safe and sound. A call was made to every driver with the description of the boy. David was hungry and tired he carried the puppy and was back walking besides the road. It was then a driver noticed him and noticed that the child fit the description. He pulled the bus to a halt and enquired about his name and where he was going. It was then David explained what happened and the driver knew this was the boy. He made a call to the office letting them know he found the boy but he had a little puppy. Alice was asked to wait at the offices for the bus to arrive. Thirty minutes later Alice saw David alighting the bus and rushed to hug him but David pulled away to protect the puppy who was still sleeping. The neighbours who were with her were happy. David explained how he got lost and requested his mother if he could keep the puppy. Her mum agreed to it, as long as no one looking was looking for the puppy. It was the first day of school that David missed but was happy he found a puppy.


Update : David is very happy now. It looks ok.