Installing a concrete water tank is becoming more and more common for different reasons like storing and harvesting rain water or help combat fires. These tanks provide a solid solution to all water problems. 

What is rainwater harvesting?

Rain water harvesting is the practice of collecting and storing rain water. Harvested rain water accounts for the third- largest source of water. Water that falls onto sheds, roofs and other surface areas is collected and then stored in a tank. Rainwater is also suitable for domestic use as it is much cleaner than water harvested from other water sources like dams and bores. A system consisting of pipes and pump then transport the rainwater to where it needs to be used. 

Benefits of installing a water tank: 

  • Helps prevent flooding 
  • Pay less for water 
  • Less requirement for reservoirs 

Rainwater harvesting helps prevent bushfires and combats climate change. Apart from storing stormwater in firefighting water tanks in the event of bushfires, harvesting every drop of rainwater in a water tank is crucial as the climate continues to heat up. Having a reliable source of water for drinking, farming and for gardens is also important and can be achieved by water harvesting. 

Managing stormwater: 

It is important to investigate if there are any potential drainage or flooding issues. These problems can be identified by having a professional building inspector. It is important to resolve any existing water harvesting issues before moving into a new house: 

  • Seeking out flood risk information from local authorities 
  • Resolving pre- existing drainage problems from previous owners 
  • Resolving drainage issues that are contained within the property 
  • Ensuring the water detention system is up to date with the regulation and building codes. 

Where can storm water come from? 

  • Driveways 
  • Roads 
  • Gutters 
  • Footpaths 
  • Gardens 
  • Roofs
  • Drainpipes

Why are storm water detention tanks necessary? 

A stormwater detention tank is used for delaying the release of storm water that is discharged from a commercial or residential property. Unlike rainwater tanks that are purely to store the rainwater OSD tanks are designed to slow down the drain over a period of 24-36 hours. These tanks are important to reduce the risk of flooding problems and reducing the amount of erosion from polluted stormwater entering the urban waterways. 

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