Water is a resource that is not just necessary for human beings and animals to live, unfortunately it is also limited. Being blessed with a constant supply of water, we generally forget that water is a non renewable resource that we are fast running out of. Saving water is not just the duty of the government, it is important for all of us to do our bit to save the world from a possible water crisis. By adhering to methods that save and reuse water, we will not just be doing our bit for mother earth, but also save ourselves considerable money on our water bills. Installing a water tank is a great method of reusing thousands of litres of water that would otherwise go waste.
Having a water tank is one of the best methods of saving water that could later on be used for watering your garden, flushing toilets and washing clothes and utensils.
In case you are ready to spend some more, you can easily fit in a water purifying mechanism that would make your rain harvested water drinkable. While installing rain water harvesting water tank is a great idea for everybody, it is especially good for people who have gardens. This is because almost thirty per cent of a household’s total water consumption is due to watering your plants and your garden. So if you install a rain water tank to take care of this need, then you effectively cut down on almost thirty per cent of your water bill. On the other hand, if you live in a large city like Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, then you might also become eligible for rebates on your water bills if you use a rainwater tank in your house.
A water tank can be installed in your house even if your have a very small roof. This is because there are a large number of water tanks of different types and different sizes that are available in the market nowadays, and you can easily find one that fits both your budgets and your needs. Water tanks ranging from very small to very large can be purchased anywhere and the size of a roof is no longer a hindering factor. However, since water tanks are filled by the rainwater that falls into your roof and then channeled into the tank, the amount of rain in the area where you live should definitely be taken into consideration when deciding the size of your water tank. If you live in an area that is mostly arid, then buying a huge water tank does not make sense since it might end up remaining partially empty most of the time. On the other hand you can easily go for a large water tank even if you have a small roof area but live at a place where the annual amount of rainfall is quite high.
Other things that you need to keep in mind when deciding on the size of water tank for your home are the uses that you are going to put this water to. While many people are comfortable with the idea of using harvested rainwater from their tanks for flushing and watering the garden, they do not want to use it in their washing machines and dishwashers. However, since the water harvested in your tank is filtered before being stored, there is no harm in using water from your tank for doing the dishes or washing clothes. Even then if you do not want to use rainwater from your tank for these purposes, then you might not want to spend money on a very large tank. At the same time, if you are comfortable with harvested rainwater, then you might want to go in for a large water tank and have a water purification system installed with it so that you can use it for drinking, cooking and other purposes and save even more on your monthly water bills. If you have a swimming pool or pond, then you should definitely install a water tank for filling them, since spending drinking or supply water for such luxuries is really not fair when more than half the world’s population is already facing water shortages.