Water Tanks for the Garden
If you live in Australia and are a keen gardener then a water tanks are a must have item. It is simply a matter of long term economy and availability of water. A large tank strategically located can supply water to the garden through the drier months at little cost. And with water prices rising and the likelihood of water restrictions returning in a few years, its a simple choice.
A rainwater tank is not only a great way of collecting rainwater for gardens it can also be used to top up a water feature, or be use in the home. Choosing a water tank requires a little thought as to type and size.
CHOOSING YOUR WATER TANK or RAIN WATER TANK
Types of water tanks
With 6 main types of water tanks a little research into the benefit of each type is essential. The main types of water tank include:
- Modular Water Tanks
- Underground Water Tanks
- Bladder Water Tanks
Given that for each 1ml of rain each sq metre of roof collects 1 litre of water and the average roof area of houses in Australia is 160 square metres, a brief 1m rainfall will give you 160 litres of water. So the larger the water tank the better, we suggest at least 4-5000 litres.
- Poly Water Tanks are often the cheapest.
- Concrete Water Tanks can be made strong enough to install underground.
- Fibreglass Water tanks are durable and resist corrosion
- Metal Water tanks now come with corrosive resistant coatings.
- Underground Water Tanks are a real space savers and are ideal for new homes.
- Bladder Water Tanks are great for beneath houses and decks
If you intend to drink tank water the tank needs to be a ‘food grade’ tank. After that its price, ease of installation, look, personal preference. We suggest you consult your local plumber for advice.
Water Tanks now come as slimline tanks, squat, modular, water walls and even as bladders, so no matter the spot you will find a tank that suits.
Do I need a pump for my water tank?
Well yes and no. If you tank is located at the highest point of your property and most of the garden is ‘downhill’ then maybe not, but water pressure will be low. However electric pumps that can run 2 garden hoses cost as little as a 2-3 hundred dollars, so maybe its worthwhile for most, again ask your plumber if in doubt.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER INCLUDE:
- Installation methods and costs.
- Any available rebates.
- Appropriate sizes for location and use.
Water tanks for the garden are available for sale from the following suppliers.
Extensive range of quality irrigation products including Hunter and Rainbird, delivered to your door. Quality products, quality service and simply the lowest prices. Order online. Huge range of irrigation products at wholesale prices
16-18 Cromwell St, Collingwood, Vic.Australia 3067
Manufacturers and distributers of both domestic and commercial pond & dam liners. A great site for anyone interested in pond construction.