Choosing the Best and Most Durable Rainwater Tank
Winter has just ended, which means that rainfall is going to be less frequent and we’ll be using more water for watering our gardens, washing, cooking and drinking. Think back to your water bills this time last year, and the year before that – did they go up over that 12 month period? If you’re in the same boat as most people, it’s a boat surrounding increasingly pricey water and it’s only going to get more expensive. It therefore comes as no surprise that many homeowners in Melbourne are opting to have rainwater tanks installed on their property, allowing them to harvest and use natural rain water and cut their water bills in the process. But with so many options available, choosing the best rainwater tank is not always easy. Here are some handy tips from All Oz Tanks that will hopefully make the decision process easier.
It’s all about your specific needs
When it comes to water tanks, there isn’t one go-to solution that fits everybody’s requirements. The best option is the one that meets your specific needs. You need to choose one that is appropriate for the amount of available space, whether it’s a slimline rainwater tank that’s fixed to an apartment block, a round water tank placed in the backyard, or an underground water tank installed beneath the ground. You also don’t want to opt for a model that is too big or too small.
You’re likely to find a very long list of rainwater tank manufacturers, so it’s important to sort the wheat from the chaff in order to pick the best one. Look at the materials your water tank is made of and how they might affect the quality of the water. Newer tanks can produce specific tastes and odours when the chemicals in the rainwater react with those in the materials the tank is made from. That’s why it’s important to ensure that the materials used are food grade and comply with standard AS/NZS 4020, ‘Testing of products for use in contact with drinking water’.
The warranty that the manufacturer offers is equally as important. Depending on the type of rainwater tank you choose, you could have a warranty that’s anywhere between five years (common for slimline tanks) and 30 years (fairly standard for large concrete tanks). There’s also the price factor to consider. As with anything, you get what you pay for, so cheaper tanks are likely to be lower on the quality scale. The ballpark figure for a good quality, 5000L tank made by a reputable manufacturer is about $2000.
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If you’d like further information on choosing a durable rainwater tank that’s capable of withstanding the unpredictable weather patterns of Melbourne, get in touch with All Oz Tanks today.