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Saving Water with a Rain Water Tank

What areas of the home consume the most water, and where should I connect my tank?

Poly water tank connected to home to save water

Many homeowners are becoming increasingly aware of the decreasing supply of fresh water in the world as well as the increasing demand for it. You may have seen evidence of this struggle between supply and demand in the form of a higher water bill, and you may have heard or read news stories related to water shortages or concerns in your local community. The fact is that an abundant supply of fresh water falls from the sky for free in the form of rain, but most of this water is not captured and used in a beneficial way. By using rain water tanks at your home, you can decrease the amount of water that you pay for and decrease your demand on the public water supply.

Water Consumption in the home

Before you consider what type of water tank to install on your property, you should first learn more about the areas of the home where water consumption is generally the greatest. Inside the home, most water waste is due to inefficient faucets and features. Flushing the toilet in the bathroom is often a notable source of water waste. Other significant uses of water inside the home relate to washing dishes in the kitchen and washing clothes in the laundry room. Outside the home, watering the lawn and even hosing off patios and cars is a waste of water. Rainwater may be used effectively for each of these purposes.

Tank Placement and Infrastructure

There are many types of water tanks that you can choose to install on your property, such as slimline tanks or steel tanks. These tanks can vary based on their storage capacity and infrastructure capabilities, so it is important to determine how rainwater will best be used in your home. It is easiest for most homeowners to use tank water for landscaping needs. The tank can be connected to the downspouts on your home’s gutters, and a spout can be placed on the rain barrel that allows you to connect your water hose to it. However, most homes can collect a greater amount of rain water than what they need to use for landscaping purposes. Placing underground tanks on the property to further collect rainwater for use inside the home can be beneficial.

A Word about Water Safety and Treatment

If you have the desire to install quality poly tanks or other types of tanks on your property, you should be aware of concerns about water quality. Generally, rain water that is not used for drinking or cooking may be used throughout the home for various purposes such as bathing and flushing the toilet. Rainwater may contain trace elements of chemicals through environmental pollution, and rainwater that passes over the roof of a home or through gutters may contain microorganisms from pests and wild animals. Because of this, water may need to be treated as it enters your home if it will be used for drinking or cooking purposes.

Installing water tanks in a strategic way can require planning and effort. Ultimately, however, this effort can help you to reduce your home’s reliance on the public water supply and save money in the process. If you are interested in learning more about the different types of tanks available, consider running an online search.


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