Hello, my name is David and I live on a small farm in central Austalia. I haven't always lived on a farm. For many years, I lived and worked in Brisbane and had a conventional life. However, when I turned 50, I realised that I needed to make a change so I decided to quit my job and move out to the countryside. I wasn't sure what to expect. I had some vague ideas of working the land and tending to crops. Thankfully, my neighbours were very supportive and taught me everything I needed to know. I decided to start this blog to help others.
Energy and household bills are going up – and yet your needs at home remain the same. Trying to keep your garden watered and your cars and home washed is bad enough. If you have land to worry about on top of that, the demand for water can escalate quickly. Just one way of handling this need for more water is to have a rainwater tank constructed on your property. While it may seem like an unnecessary expense now, there are huge benefits down the line. Here are just a few of them.
This may or may not be your top priority – but either way, using a rainwater tank for some or all of your water requirements is very kind to the environment. You'll be collecting, filtering and using a natural resource rather than contributing further to the demand on the local water system – and the 'green value' of that cannot be overstated. As it doesn't require cutting-edge technology or much maintenance, it's also not as pricey as many environmentally-friendly solutions, meaning that you can reduce your household's impact on the world around you for less.
It's Less Likely to be Contaminated
If you know you'd like an alternate water source on your property, you may also have considered a bore well – but the great advantage that rainwater tanks have over bore wells is that they cannot be contaminated. Bore wells run the risk of contracting local contaminants depending on the local environment; local water sources, packs of animals and other factors can all cause problems in your well. With rainwater tanks being held out of the earth and filtered, they are not susceptible to these risks at all.
It's Economical in the Long Run
While you do have to pay the initial cost of construction, it likely won't be long before your rainwater tank pays for itself. The less you're paying to local water companies, the better - and even if you can't source all your outdoor water needs with your rainwater tank, it will still subsidise your costs.– and of course, you can prioritise using your own water before you ever rely on your paid water supply.
In essence, for anybody who requires a good amount of water outside their property, having a rainwater tank constructed is simply good sense. They're easy to maintain, simpler to install than bore wells and do all the hard work for you. What's not to like?