The Australian family household uses an average of 275,000
litres of water each year. Unfortunately, nearly half of
it goes down the toilet. To make it worse, people pay for the privilege when
they can get their supply for free. Rainwater tanks
can store water for many of the tasks the mains water supply is used for:
flushing the toilet, watering the garden, doing the laundry, and washing the
car. If there's ever a fire close by, it could even be a lifesaver.
Monday, 21 December 2015
Thursday, 17 December 2015
Corrugated water tanks are specially-designed for collecting rainwater and storing it for everyday use, whether you want to help the environment at your commercial organisation or save money at home. These environmentally-friendly tanks are a popular choice due to their long life and durability.
Tuesday, 15 December 2015
It is said that about half of the water used in an average home in Perth or anywhere else in Western Australia ends up as waste water. Considering problems like droughts and climate change that are threatening the state’s water supply, this is a huge concern. One of the most viable solutions to this issue is rainwater harvesting. According to the Australian Department of Health, 19 per cent of households across the nation use rainfall collected in their water tanks for various applications. While this practice in itself is already saving precious water, there are other ways to further maximise the usage of rainwater in your home.
Monday, 14 December 2015
Mosquitoes can breed in any kind of standing water in your home. Larvae or wigglers are the last thing you would want to find in your water tank whenever you want a refreshing drink or clean water for cooking. These insects, tiny as they are, bear illnesses ranging from dengue to the dreaded malaria. Even if you are not consuming the water from your tank, you’ll still need to keep these mosquitoes and other insects out to maintain water quality at ideal levels. Here are a few easy steps to keep water tanks in Perth and elsewhere in WA mosquito free.
Sunday, 13 December 2015
Rainwater is a free resource you can use for a variety of non-drinking purposes, and rainwater tanks are the most effective way to collect water from the sky in large volumes. If you’ve been exploring the Perth market for your home’s first rainwater tank, you probably already have the material, capacity, and shape in mind. The next thing to figure out is where to place such a big container. Here are factors you should consider: 1. Local regulations. Councils usually impose certain restrictions on tank placement, particularly on issues of overshadowing (as tanks can run several metres high) and boundaries. Additionally, if your tank exceeds 10k litres, some form of planning permission is typically involved. Check local government rules and regulations first before purchasing a tank and know under what conditions you can be exempted.
Saturday, 12 December 2015
“A penny saved is a penny earned”—the same principle is true for businesses. If you think about it, reducing your daily utility expenses can be just as good as increasing your revenue. One area where you can gain significant savings from is water use. For small-scale hospitality businesses in Perth such as hotels, restaurants, bars, and resorts, rainwater harvesting is a practical and eco-friendly way to protect one’s income stream from rising water costs. You can notice a difference in your bottom line the moment you install rainwater tanks and connect them to your plumbing system for non-drinking purposes such as flushing the toilet, washing cars, watering gardens, and supplying sporting grounds, as well as for cleaning pavements.
Friday, 11 December 2015
Collected rainwater can be used for a wide variety of uses, but can it be made safe for drinking? The answer is yes. How? By filtering and purifying it with the best technology available in Perth. Different contaminants—air pollution, debris, algae, sand, dust, and even animal excrement—can pollute water. Local water suppliers have dealt with these issues for decades using different filtration and purification equipment processes. Thanks to advances in technology, these equipment and processes have been brought down to an economical level, allowing homeowners like you to have them in your home.
Thursday, 10 December 2015
Raised garden beds are a great way to grow a wide range of plants. In Perth, these structures are especially popular for growing fruits and vegetables. That said, expert gardeners agree that building up the soil is the single most important thing you can do to achieve a fruitful yield. Lush, organically rich soil promotes healthy and extensive roots with better ability to access nutrients and water. The result: abundant and flourishing above-ground growth. Take note of these simple steps for ensuring healthier soil in your raised garden bed. Add compost Compost is the best amendment that planting soil can receive, which is why many gardeners keep compost piles to hand in their gardens. Compost contains the organic nutrients that plants need, thereby improving yield. Add compost to your soil during the beginning of spring and autumn.
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
Gardens traditionally have a decorative function. You fill your yard with colourful flowers, accentuate them with ornamental grasses and place other embellishments like statues or bird baths. If your garden only serves aesthetic purposes, though, why not make it more useful? Many households have since converted their manicured lawns and gardens into versatile and sustainable spaces that are also aesthetically pleasing. These gardens help save water and other natural resources, enable homeowners to grow organic produce and help make natural fertilisers readily available. Sustainable gardens also attract bugs and birds that are beneficial to flora. If you plan to push through with this home improvement, you will no doubt find water tanks and certain accessories rather instrumental in the creation and preservation of an eco-friendly garden.
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Considering the rising costs of utilities and the burden placed on the environment by the growing population, products and projects that are eco-friendly understandably hold much practical appeal to environmentally conscious consumers. Savvy Perth homeowners who want to make their abodes more “green” can benefit from water tanks, native gardens and other Earth-friendly makeover ideas. A Bit of “Outback Chic” Through Rainwater Collection Australians who wish to have an alternative and sustainable clean water source can install water tanks that allow them to take advantage of the rainy seasons and the occasional rainy days throughout the year. A rainwater tank of ample capacity can help each household reduce its reliance on mains water, save on water bills, and practice sustainability every day.
Monday, 7 December 2015
If you live in any area of Western Australia where there is limited access to water reservoirs or mains, it makes sense to install a rainwater collection and storage system in your home. Throughout the state, installing rainwater tanks can also be a practical home improvement that will save you money and help you conserve natural resources. Are you planning to have water tanks installed in your home in Perth, WA? Here are some of the details that need to be mapped out beforehand: Location If it rains frequently in your area, smaller tanks would be fine since they get refilled regularly. Conversely, bigger tanks in larger numbers are better if the average rainfall in your community is low. Bigger tanks also give you access to a large store of emergency water, which is particularly useful if your area is prone to bushfires or drought.
Sunday, 6 December 2015
Rainwater harvesting grows in importance, especially in areas vulnerable to drought such as Perth. With water costs and demand on the rise, more companies are turning to these systems to supplement the water needs of their facilities. The collected water is then used for any and all water needs—from irrigation to consumption and beyond. Rainwater collection in Sydney’s Wetherill Park Stockland, Australia’s largest property group, was recently awarded a 5 Star Green Star – Retail Centre Design rating by the Green Building Council of Australia for its Wetherill Park shopping centre redevelopment in Sydney’s western suburbs. Among the major reasons cited for the award was the shopping centre’s use of rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing. The move is expected to reduce the centre’s potable water consumption by five kilolitres a day.
Saturday, 5 December 2015
Rainwater is safe for most household uses. Although some studies have shown that roof-harvested rainwater is generally potable, government agencies advise to avoid drinking the water unfiltered, as there are certain risks associated with it. Remember that rainwater comes in contact with various surfaces (roof, gutters, etc.) before it reaches your tank, not to mention the fact that it could already be carrying hazardous contaminants and pathogens such as the following: Bacteria Most pathogenic bacteria found in rainwater come from human and animal matter. Variables such as the specific type of bacteria and the strength of an individual’s immune system will determine if he or she will get sick from drinking untreated rainwater.
Thursday, 3 December 2015
Raised garden beds are an effective method of gardening as they minimise the need to till, amend and weed. These structures are quick to assemble and easy to maintain. They can even be designed to water themselves via drip irrigation. If you plan to garden in raised beds at your Perth home, there is no other watering system that will save you time and improve your results as effectively as drip irrigation. The time and money you spend building an elaborate drip irrigation system will be returned many times over.