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Installing Your Australian Rain Water Tanks

By EugeneYeng Subscribe to RSS | December 13th 2011 | Views:

Australian rain water tanks are an integral part of water consumption given the recent changes to water allowances across the continent. Many who find the restrictions to be inhibiting are turning to rain collection as a means of maintaining their current water-usage habits. However, those that do not have a working knowledge of how these home-based systems work, may find their installation to be taxing or absolutely frustrating. And, while many companies will install your system for you, you can save money by simply understanding the proper system designs and installing your apparatus yourself! The following installation tips will help you when you set out to add one of the more environmentally friendly tools currently available.

Rain water tanks, also referred to as “collection barrels”, have a large quantity of accessories that play an integral role in the proper functioning of the system and the quality of the water that is captured for future distribution. Many designs you find will have two primary openings located on the top and bottom of the holding tank. The top-oriented opening will help prevent overflow, while the lower opening can provide a “hook-up” point for the pump or hose system. Additionally, the lower opening can also be used as a means of displacing water to secondary tanks located elsewhere on the property.

Properly Equipping the Collection Opening

The gutter system on a home or office is the perfect way to collect rainwater. Placing your rain water tanks beneath the downspout, you can maximize the amount of water harvested, and maintain a large quantities for a variety of uses. However, there can be a lot of debris in gutter systems. Twigs, leaves, and pine straw can really put a damper on your water quality, so be sure to attach a mesh covering to your reservoir that allows water to freely pass into the containment area while filtering out the large objects that you want to prevent from getting into the rain water tanks.

Underground Installation

Some containment systems involve underground tanks, and the installation process for such designs can be much more difficult. Professional consultation should be utilized when installing one of these rain water tanks, but should you decide to undertake the project alone, remember that the most important aspect of the installation involved “load bearing”. Once you have dug the right size hole and placed your tank into the ground, be sure that you construct some level of support that prevents a “cave-in” effect should any pressure be put on the ground above.


While it is never a bad time to install your own rain water tanks, remember that your expectations regarding the amount of water collected must directly correlate with the season. Installing the system at the beginning of a monsoon or rainy season will offer the best results, giving you plenty of water to sustain you through the dry, arid months.

Installing your own Australian rain water tanks is not a difficult venture when you understand exactly how the systems are designed and what you hope to accomplish through their implementation. Preventing outside debris from getting into your water supply is one of the top priorities, and from this point, the design of your water flow is completely up to you. Accessories can help you redirect the collected water to various parts of your property or even into the water system of your home. From slimline tanks to polymer, underground caches, there is a design that will cater to your every need. When installing it, be sure that you have any necessary permits, and within months, you’ll be enjoying a water supply that is free from any regulation of the region.

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