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How to Determine Required Size of Aussie Rainwater Tanks

Water From Clark TanksIf you are an Aussie relying completely on the state-provided water supply, you are pitting yourself against the country’s robust freshwater vagaries. Installing water tanks in your house is vital, perhaps even more important than installing burglar alarms but how do you determine the size of the rainwater tank that your house would need? Here is a quick size guide for rainwater tanks in Australia.

Average Rainfall

The best starting point for calculating the size of the Aussie water tanks needed is the average rainfall data for your area. Remember that our country’s rainfall varies wildly from year and year and you must obtain data including the average rainfall and probable dry spells from a reliable source like the Bureau of Meteorology.

Your Household’s Water Consumption

Next, approximate the volume of water your household will require from your water storage tank. Count the number of members, average water consumption per person and outline all activities where water from the tank will be used. This number can run into tens of thousands of liters in bigger households.

Roof Catchment Area

This is the area that will collect rain water and empty it into the tank. Calculate total rainwater catching area including all roofs, slopes and eaves. This value will be less than 150 square meters for smaller houses and greater than 200 square meters for larger ones.

The size of your tank will depend on the average rainfall, catchment area and required volume. In addition to these, a fourth factor may be laid out as the security of supply that is the probability of a reservoir meeting all of the household’s demands. Households in areas with greater average rainfall, consumption, catchment areas and need for security will require larger Aussie water tanks.

Lastly, many local governments in most states provide pre-calculated ranges of Aussie water tank sizes based on the area’s average rainfall and house specifications. Make sure to check with your local weather bureau before¬†determining your tank’s size.

Interested in a Rainwater Tank?

Check out the rainwater tanks available via Clark Tanks, an Australian poly tank manufacturer.

An Overview Of Swimming Pools

Swimming poolSwimming pools are great and ideal for recreation. These are containers filled with water that are primarily intended for swimming. These are also called paddling pools, waddling pools, swimming baths, etc.

They come in different varieties and sizes; they are also built with different range of materials like plastic, wood, metals, concrete or fiberglass. There are many important details you really need to know about swimming pools including necessary accessories, chemicals and how to maintain.

Types Of Swimming Pools

Discussing the types of swimming pools will include providing details about its styles and categories. There are public swimming pools which are often large pools constructed in public places like resorts, hotels, health clubs, recreational centers, and fitness centers. Private swimming pools are those restricted to private owners and often built in private homes for personal uses.

In ground swimming pools which have their walls below the surface. These are the classical swimming pools that take the features of lakes or pools of water. Above ground swimming pools are built in the form of bath or basins filled with water. While some are built on the ground, others are portable such as inflatable above ground pools.

Uses For Swimming Pools

The main purpose for building swimming pools are for swimming and recreation. Spas and hot tubs are some types of pools where hot water used to give relaxation to the body. Apart from relaxations or recreations, pools are used in some health clubs and beauty parlors for some kind of treatments or physical therapy.

Those in engage in water sports often use swimming pools for exercise and competitions. Examples of sporting activities that are played in swimming pools include diving, water polo, synchronized swimming, underwater hockey, and canoe polo etc. Some professionals like astronauts, lifeguards, and the marines use these as training facilities.

Swimming pools come in various sizes and can be constructed inside the house, at the backyard, on rooftops (like we have in some skyscrapers), etc. There are many brands out there and many accessories that are needed to maintain it. Before you install one, ensure you are knowledgeable on how to install and maintain it so you can achieve the best of results.

Maintaining Your Pools Water Levels

Water evaporation and frequent backwashing to clean your pool filter means you will constantly need to top up your pool water. Many pool owners therefore depend upon a water tank.

There are various rebates available if you also choose to plumb in your rainwater tank to your water supply. If you’ll be drinking, it is always safest to go with poly water tanks as your water will never be tainted by metals or even lead.

When it comes to rainwater tanks, a manufacturer I often recommend to people is Team Poly.


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