Water is an essential and most fundamental component for human survival, and when you see scarce water availability in different regions of the world, it certainly arises a sense of responsibility inside of you, to save water as much as possible. Moreover, less water consumption certainly reduces yearly billing and help to save money. There was a lot of buzz about rainwater tanks, their usability and reduction in percentage usage of domestic water. So I researched a bit about them, why not use free rain water, pouring down on the roof, rather than paying hundreds of dollars yearly on domestic water. It seems more economical, profitable, and cost-effective.
Rainwater tanks have been used in rural and remote areas to supply water, thus to accomplish water needs. With the progression of time, slimline water tanks are used in urban areas and then in the household. Slimline rainwater tanks not only help to fulfil this responsibility, plus they proved to be an easy and accessible source to reduce water bills and other expenditures. Not only that, slimline steel tank is guaranteed against rust and corrosion and helps to shrink your share on the environmental resources by reducing your main water consumption. So, it sounded pretty good both in general terms and on personal grounds, in the long run.
After reading the possible benefits of rainwater tanks, I decided to install one in my house. As a user of the rainwater tank, I can advise that you should know that where you’ll be using the collected rainwater, and water consumption ways before getting it installed. It is important because if you wish to use water outdoors, like watering the plants, car washing, and laundry, then you only have to get the tank installed by the supplier. Other than that, if you wish to use the rain water in your toilet, and in an automatic machine, then you need an high-efficient licensed plumber who will connect your tanks with main water supply through pipes.
Physical characteristics of the water tank is another vital thing that came across while I was choosing the water tanks. As there are various sizes, shapes, and materials are available in the market to choose from, so I shop the one which was in accordance with my household requirements and where I had to put it. I bought a round shaped tank and kept it under the deck. A wide range of sizes is available, whatever you feel appropriate according to the size of your place. I preferred a smaller tank with 1180 litre water capacity (perfect for my household use), as the area of my place is not very large. As far as the material of the water tank is concerned, tanks are mainly available in metal, polyethene, fibreglass and concrete, you chose that depending on the region where you live (average rainfall, and your roof size).
Installation of rainwater tank has reduced my yearly billing to a greater percentage and now I’m able to save approximately $600 per year. Use of rainwater tank has proved very advantageous for me because of its plenty of uses and cost effective characteristics. Well yes, its installation cost a little, but since then I’m saving a lot of money on my monthly water bills and my initial instalment set off within months.
I bought my rainwater tank for approximately $900, and with the delivery and installation charges, it costs me more or less $1100. It was a bit costly for me to spend that much money on this, but after using it for more than two years, I feel content and can surely say that it certainly has reduced my yearly water expenditures to a greater level. With the availability of stored water, I use main supply water less often. In addition to that, there are no maintenance issues, as far as the cost is concerned. I’ve spent $1000 and saved a lot after that. It cost a little bit more in the beginning if you attach tank’s water supply with your toilet system. But it depends on your choice. In my opinion, it doesn’t hurt to spend a penny more, if it’s going to save you a dollar. In a nutshell, rainwater tank instalment is a one-time investment that will pay you lifelong.
Rainwater tank came with a lot of perks for me, such as not only I pay less on my water bills, but the value of my house has also raised in the property market to a greater extent. Since, the day of its installation, I’ve abundant water supply in my house, and now I don’t rely on the main water supply only. As I’ve said earlier, I had to pay a considerable amount of money on water bills before. But now I do most of my home chores with stored water, and scarcely use the primary water supply. Talking about the advantages of storing rain water in the tanks, I can name following as some of the benefits that I’m enjoying it. I use rain water for,
- watering my garden
- laundry usage
- washing my car
- toilet flushing system
- storage of water in case of any bushfire
- water availability on swimming pool
Well, not only these, as these are some of the uses that I’m availing right now. Other than that, I used the stored rainwater as a thermal buffer for insulation, ventilation of buildings, and drinkable water with proper purification.
I love gardening and take care my plants very much. It’s my daily routine to water them every morning till they look fresh. Now after the availability of stored water, I water my plants free handily, without any worry of expenses, or wastage of water. As now the use of water seems free, both economically and morally. I feel that use of rainwater tank is eco-friendly, as you are taking a step forward by not using the supplied water and letting it used by others.
I would recommend the use of rainwater tank to everyone. It is a single time expense with long time benefits.