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How Rain Water Tanks Work

  • 01 Feb 2011

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Most homes have mains water that is supplied by the local authorities. However, in some areas there is either no mains water or there is not enough to meet desired usage levels, meaning that water must be obtained through some other method. In some cases this will be through a spring, but if there is no reliable underground water supply, the cheapest and easiest way to get water is by having a rain water tank.


A rain water tank is an extremely simple system of water supply. Usually it is feed from a catchment area, most commonly the roof, were rain water is funnelled through gutters and pipes into a tank. Having a rain water tank requires a high standard of guttering made from specific materials, as well as having a number of filters and screens to stop unwanted matter from entering the water system.

The major drawback with the rain water tank system is that in times of drought you will run out of water, meaning that they are only practical in areas that have a relatively consistent and constant rainfall. Rain water tanks have become increasingly common in areas where water restrictions are in place as they are a great way of supplementing water reservoirs.

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