Articles for: Safe Drinking Water

Is Tank Sludge Harmful to Rainwater Quality?

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If you own a rainwater tank, proper tank maintenance procedures recommended by the Australian Health Department include inspecting inside your tank every 2-3 years for sediment build-up. This sediment build-up is normally comprised of organic matter such as leaves which turns into a slimy biofilm layer at the bottom of ...

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Using Settling Tanks to Improve Your Water Quality

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When harvesting rainwater from your roof, a dam or river, or an underground bore, it is possible to increase the water quality through utilising two or more tanks. This article will examine settling tank systems – what they are and the benefits they can provide to the quality of water stored in your tank. What ...

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Protect Against Naegleria Fowleri (“Brain-Eating” Parasite) in Your Tank

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Devastating news of children dying due to infection from Naegleria fowleri (“brain-eating parasite”) through their water supply, has shocked Australia. Babies, children and young adults are particularly vulnerable to being infected and worst of all, there’s a very slim chance of surviving infection. Medic ...

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Why Screening Your Rainwater Tank is Important

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In order to collect rainwater and use it as part of your property’s water system, your rainwater tank needs to have several holes. These generally consist of: Inflow – a hole in the top of your rainwater tank where the water flows in from piping attached to your roof Overflow – a hole at the ...

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Plumbing in Your Rainwater Tank for Safe Drinking Water

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When it comes to having fresh-tasting rainwater many consider the safety of the water storage materials without much thought to actual plumbing in of their tank. To make certain your water remains of a high quality you need to be on top of your tank fittings, connections and pipes. Safe Tank Fittings and Piping Ensurin ...

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Collecting Safe and Drinkable Rainwater from Your Rooftop

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Rainwater is a valuable resource and safe to drink as long as proper steps are taken to ensure the different components in your rainwater harvesting system are safe and installed correctly. This includes the materials your tank is made from and how it is plumbed into your house. Another important component to your wat ...

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Choosing a Safe Water Tank for Drinkable Rainwater

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Rainwater is one the highest quality sources for drinking water if collected and stored properly. So the type of material used to manufacture your water storage tank makes a big difference to the water quality you will experience. Water Tank Materials Water tanks can be constructed from a wide range of materials includ ...

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How to Maintain Drinking Water Quality in Your Rainwater Tank

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This article is a summary guide on how you can maintain safe and fresh tasting rainwater compiled from the advice of Australian federal and state governments. Rainwater from your roof is a valuable resource and safe to drink when stored in a safe, properly installed and maintained rainwater tank. If you will be using y ...

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