Rain water tanks are important for helping Australian homes to achieve water security in the long term. They allow homes to collect water when it is plenty so it can keep them going during periods of shortage.
However, the process doesn't simply stop with installing the tank itself. In order to ensure water quality and longevity of the tank itself, the structure should be regularly maintained. This ensures that debris doesn't accumulate inside the tank itself, foreign objects don't contaminate the water, and insects and rodents don't lead to harmful infectious diseases.
Follow these useful tips to keep your rain water tanks and water quality in good condition.
Carry out regular inspections
The first and easiest step is to regularly inspect the tank itself. You should do this every 1-2 months by removing the lid and looking inside the tank itself. Make sure no debris, insects or other foreign objects are suspended in the rain water reservoir.
If you notice any harmful objects inside, make sure you hire a professional to have the tank cleaned.
Check water levels
During the summer months or when there is a drought, check the water levels within the tank. Low water levels often make the tank more susceptible to getting clogged up by debris that tends to be drawn closer to the outlet pipes. This can also lead to discolored water draining into your home through the pipes.
Regularly clean your gutters
Many homeowners don't realize that their gutters sometimes drain water directly into their rain water tanks. Therefore, clean gutters can directly lead to cleaner rain water in your storage tanks for use in the home.
Make sure you keep your gutters clean by removing debris and other foreign objects every few months. You should especially observe your gutters during seasonal changes such as the fall when leaves tend to be shed in large numbers.
Inspect the filter
If your tank has a filter for sieving rainwater, make sure you unclog the filter at least every month. A blocked filter can significantly increase the cost of operating rain water tanks, especially if they are attached to a pump. Remove the filter and rinse out all debris before you reinstall it.
Install and regularly clean your screen cover
Rain water tanks that are located above the ground need to have a screen cover installed. A screen cover works to sieve out leaves and other debris that may make their way into your water through gutters or downpipes.
Screen covers also prevent foreign organisms from reaching your water supply from the top of the tank.