Articles tagged: Water Contamination

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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How to Clean Sludge Out of a Rainwater Tank

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As part of proper tank maintenance procedures, it is often advised that tanks being inspected inside for sediment build-up at least every two years. This article examines tank sludge, how it gets in your tank and more importantly how you can clean it out should you find it in the bottom of your tank. What ...

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Rainwater Tank Benefits of Linking Two or More Water Tanks

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Calculating how much water you use or the amount of rainwater harvestable from your rooftop provides a reasonable estimate of what rainwater tank size you need. Instead of investing in one rainwater tank, did you know there are advantages with installing two or more tanks? This is especially true of poly water tanks ...

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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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What is a Rainwater First Flush Diverter?

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If you are looking to purchase a rainwater tank, then you have probably heard about other tank accessories you might need. One important accessory that helps to keep your rainwater clean is called a Rainwater First Flush Diverter, but what is it? A Rainwater First Flush Diverter functions by preventing the first few li ...

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Proper Water Tank Maintenance for Drinkable Rainwater

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Rainwater from your roof is a valuable resource and safe to drink when stored in a properly installed and maintained food-grade rainwater tank. NSW Health stresses the importance of a properly maintained rainwater tank for good quality drinking water. In urban areas, they recommend mains water because often people eith ...

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