Why Do I Need A Rainwater Tank?
Before we get into this let me just clear it up that a rainwater tank is a tank that can be either above or below ground that will collect your rainwater. So, why do we have to have them? Well, the Australian climate combined with government policies are the main two reasons why we required to use rainwater tanks.
The hot Australian climate and the high frequencies of drought have resulted in new Land Developments and government regulations such as BASIX requiring homes to have rainwater tanks.
What Is BASIX
BASIX stands for Building Sustainability Index. BASIX is an initiative that was introduced by the NSW Government to ensure homes are designed to be more energy and water efficient. Every development application for a new home must be submitted BASIX Certificate. The cost of a BASIX Certificate can start around $400.
What are the benefits of rainwater tanks?
- Minimise water usage
- Cut cost to your water bill
- Making fresh water available to flush toilets or to provide a laundry source.
- Used for watering of garden areas.
What happens when I run out of rainwater?
Unless you live on a rural property, rainwater is not your only source of water. Your home will also be connected to the main water source for your area.
What happens when my rainwater is almost full?
Your rainwater tank will be fitted with an overflow system that will allow you to drain out your tank if needed.
How much will a rainwater tank cost?
The price will start around the $3500 for an above ground tank.
What if I do not want a rainwater tank?
Some newly developed areas are installing their own recycled water systems which will allow you not to have a rainwater tank.
So I hope this has given you a better understanding about rainwater tanks and why we need them.