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How Slimline Water Tanks can benefit new homes

Slimline tanks are becoming increasingly popular among new house buyers, particularly among those who are building on a tiny property. The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) notes that lot sizes across many major cities and regions have been decreasing in size of the years. According to the 2017 UDIA State of the Land report“Nationally, the median lot size at the end of 2016 was 407 square metres which is 5% less than the year before and 11% below the median in December 2014.”

Smaller lot sizes, of course, mean less space for stuff like rainwater tanks. If you want to put a huge round tank above ground, this may be an issue. Thankfully, the slimline tank takes up less room and may be placed along the side of your house or along a fence line.

Why you should Consider a Slimline Tank?

Slimline tanks provide all of the advantages of traditional rainwater tanks, including water cost savings by lowering mains water consumption, alternative water for keeping plants green, and less stormwater run-off, which helps to decrease local floods.

But there are several reasons why you might specifically choose slimline tanks for your new home:

  • Space-saving – The slimline’s compact size is undoubtedly the most appealing feature. A slimline may easily fit along the exterior wall, in a short area between your home and the fence-line, or even beneath outdoor stairs if space is restricted on your property.
  • Appearance – Slimline tanks have distinct aesthetics that some homeowners may employ as a design component or a space divider. Slimlines have a more modern look and integrate in better with their environment.
  • Compliance – If the plumbing in rainwater, then slimline tanks are available in the sizes commonly necessary for compliance with local government water sustainability requirements

Tank Requirements for New Homes

There are sometimes codes and standards that must be met for water sustainability when building a new home. Sometimes they are mandatory, other times optional. In many cases, local governments set the requirements for their region. For example, some councils in Queensland might adopt certain rainwater tank requirements found in the Queensland Development Code (QDC).

For some urban residential buildings, when a rainwater tank is used to comply with water saving requirements, the minimum capacity specified for a tank is generally about:

  • 5,000 litres minimum for single detached houses.
  • 3,000 litres minimum for non-detached houses (such as terrace houses, townhouses and semi-detached houses).

National Poly Industries’ slimline tanks are found in 2,000L, 3,000L and 5,000L sizes, meaning they will comply with most government recommended standards. Should additional capacity be desired, two or more can be purchased and linked together for greater water storage.

Looking to buy a slimline tank?

Slimline tanks can be found in an abundance of colours and their popularity means they have become relatively inexpensive to purchase. If you are interested in a slimline tank or two, check out our range of slimline or call our friendly team to discuss your options. While slimline tanks are often a great option, our staff are always happy to provide you with the right advice and assist with an appropriate rainwater solution appropriate to your needs.