Water is a scarce resource for the Australian population because of the dry condition in the country, and, therefore, its management is of great concern. Additionally, the Australian people are considered to be among those who consume largest volume of water per head in the world. Water catchment is one of the major priorities of the majority of Australian homeowners, and it’s estimated that around 26 percent of the population has installed water tanks.
Installing water tanks save you a lot regarding the reduced costs of water bills and water security by availing water resource any time it’s required. Additionally, ABS reports that water storage capacity in Australia increased by around 30 percent between 2006 and 2011. However, installing rainwater tanks comes with the responsibility of maintaining the tank purposely because of health issues and the tank longevity. In Australian, only 50 percent of tank owners indicates that they maintain the health of their tanks. The other 50 percent might lack the knowledge on how to maintain the rainwater tanks as well as the benefits that come with proper maintenance of the water tanks. There are five major tips that will help and guide you on how to maintain the rainwater tank, and they include:
1. Proper mozzie mesh maintenance
Rainwater tank provides mosquitos and pest a great breeding venue and they can successfully thrive on the water tanks. Proper maintenance is therefore very critical to avoid the health hazards such as malaria that are posed by the mosquito existence. You should ensure that the mozzie mesh is cleaned after every six months to ensure great maintenance of the mozzie mesh.
2. Through cleanliness maintenance of the gutter
Gutters provide the passage of clean and quality water free of any dirt such as leaves and dust into to the water tanks. Cleaning out the gutter in your tank after every three months will guarantee clean water in your water tanks. 31 percent of the inspected water tanks were found to have complete full or half gutters
3. Proper maintenance of the pumping system
Pumps condition which acts as outlets from the water tanks should be properly maintained through regular checks for quality water flow. A well-maintained pumping system will ensure that pure water flows into your household from the water tank and will as well prevent the long-term damage. 18 per cent of inspected water tanks had leaky pipes which could carry unhealthy impurities and can be avoided by properly maintaining the pumping system after every six months
4. Check regularly the quality of water in your water tank
Regularly checking the quality of water in your water tank is always very beneficial especially if you use the water for drinking, showering or cooking. Always check the water quality after every six months to avoid discoloured water or water with high impurity level for a healthy living condition.
5. Ensure compliance with Australian standards for hygienic water
The Australian standard recommends that each household with installed water tank should check with a qualified contractor to remove sediments after every two to three years. The standard requires that the water tanks should have reliable water switch, and their foundations are even.
Water tanks maintenance is highly encouraged, and the Australian population should be responsible for ensuring hygienic and healthy water to avoid contaminating harmful diseases. The above tips will guarantee proper quality water in every home with installed water tanks.