What You Should Know about Rain Water Tank
Are you concerned with your increased water bill? Are you worried about the ever changing climate? Do you notice the volume of rainfall nowadays? Do you feel like you are doing yourself (and the entire family) and nature a big favor if you are able to harvest rain water? If your answer is yes to all of these questions, it only means it’s high time that you install rain water tank in your place.
Having this tank at home lets you enjoy benefits. It offers many uses, such as drinking water. However, it also entails responsibilities that you need to fulfill. There are also risks associated with the use of rain water tank. Below are the things that you should know about this rainwater-collecting tank.
You can save on water bill.
Collecting water using rain water tank will significantly reduce the amount of money that you have to pay for the entire household’s water usage. The amount that you can save relies on the size of the tank that you will install. If you go for a 9,000 L tank, you can allocate the water that you will be able to collect to flush toilets, as well as do the laundry. Installing 30,000 to 50,000 tank is common among households. Imagine how much you will save from using one.
Installing rain water tank comes with responsibilities.
Your job does not end after you hire professionals to install your rain water tank. Owning this tank comes with responsibilities to avoid issues from arising. Maintain the cleanliness of the gutters to maximize the efficiency of the tank and to improve the quality of water. Because the tank is an ideal ‘hub’ for mosquitoes and pests, you have to maintain the mesh every three months. If you use rain water for shower, cooking and drinking, make sure that you check the quality of the water every six months.
Rain water offers many uses – but comes with risks.
Households allocate rain water harvested using rain water tank for drinking water, garden watering, replenishing domestic pools, car washing, laundry usage, thermal buffers, toilet flushing, safeguarding homes from bushfires, ventilation for buildings and others. However, there are risks that correspond to using it – or neglecting its maintenance. The safety in use relies heavily on eliminating or minimizing the existence of enteric pathogens, including some types of bacteria, protozoa and viruses. For this reason, the water must go through disinfection or boiled before using and equally important is maintaining it regularly.
Rain water from the rain water tank is safe for drinking.
Yes, this is true – but as long as the right steps are taken to ensure the best water quality. For one, the tank must be made of safe food-grade materials. Maintenance is also very important. The tank must not allow debris, leaves, animal droppings, parasites and bacteria from entering through the water supply. There should not be air pollution from nearby areas from industries, such as chemical plants, spray painters, manufacturing plants and others.