The Role of Water Tanks in Resource Sustainability


People around Australia are all aware of the effects that climate change is having on the planet. Rainfall patterns are changing and unpredictable weather patterns are being experienced on a regular basis. With population pressure and the availability of clean water continuing to become larger issues, water tanks can be a great way for homeowners to have some water security on their properties.

Water tanks enable homeowners to collect water when it is available and to store it for future use. In fact, the average home can collect as much as 100,000L of rain water each year by using water tanks installed on their premises. Water tanks are a key component of sustainability in today's world. 

Water availability in urban centers

Many urban areas of Australia are experiencing a rapidly rising population and a decreasing water supply. In fact, water rationing has been experienced in various municipalities in an attempt to save on water consumption. The interesting fact is that thousands of litres of rainwater end up falling from the skies and sipping into underground layers without being harvested.

Water tanks can fix that problem in such areas. Rain water can be harvested and put to use in homes, industries and public sectors. Make sure to work with a professional contractor.

Water tanks are an investment

While many property owners may frown upon the initial costs associated with purchasing or installing water tanks, their long-term benefits are hard to argue against. The water security and stability that they provide will pay off over time. In fact, most homeowners are able to recover the initial cost of their investment in only a few years of using water tanks.

Water tanks reduce your utility costs because you will be using water from what you have harvested and minimizing on the direct consumption from municipal sources.

Benefits to the environment

Another way in which water tanks contribute towards sustainability is by reducing the need for people to dig boreholes and other underground water sources. In some cases, these excavations interfere with the natural habitats of wildlife and lead to the destruction of landscapes.

In addition, machines have to dig deeper to arrive at precious underground water resources. This further escalates the damage to the landscape. Water tanks allow people to harness rainwater before it sips underground and is harder to access. Harvesting rainwater is also much cheaper and resource effective than digging holes that extend for metres into the ground.


11 January 2018

Drainage, Reinforcement, Tamping and Other Concrete Essentials

Pouring concrete isn't necessarily as straightforward as it looks. Depending on the land, you have to make multiple adjustments ranging from laying a layer of gravel to putting in moisture barriers. Then, depending on the size of the concrete pad, you may need to add steel reinforcements. After the concrete has dried and cured, you may decide to add sealants, do an acid wash or play with other finishes. Then, of course, there are differences between pouring concrete inside or outside. In this blog, I hope to cover all those issues and more. If you're looking for tips and ideas, take a look at these posts. Whether you plan to hire a concrete contractor or do the work yourself, it can help to know this information.