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Part 2 - How to get the cleanest water into your water tank

In last weeks short video from the Institute for Sustainable Futures and the Dusseldorp Skills Forum, we looked at ways to use rainwater around the home.  Today’s short video covers collecting your rainwater.  It runs through information about your roof, gutters, strainers and water diverters. 

Poly and Steel water tanks all require minimal maintenance to maintain, but they do require some maintenance, and this short video gives you excellent information on what you can do to get clean water into your tank, and to continue getting clean water into your tank.


WaterStore provide water diverters, leaf eaters, strainers and filters – all great products to help keep your tank water clean.

Next week we will share the next video in the series which looks at storing the water collected.   It will discuss different types of tanks – steel, poly, concrete, plus look at installation, size required, mosquito protection and overflows. 


Part 1 - How to choose an effective rainwater harvesting system

When you are thinking about getting a water tank, whether a poly or steel tank, sometimes it’s hard to find clear, easy to understand information which will give you enough information to make a decision.

Here is a practical short video produced by the Institute for Sustainable Futures and the Dusseldorp Skills Forum, which contains excellent information and tips on how to design and install an effective rainwater harvesting system.

This is the first in a series of small videos that we will be posting.  Part 1 looks at where rainwater can be used, and includes information on selecting the right rainwater system for the household's needs.



WaterStore can also give you lots of good advice when selecting a rainwater system, please contact us for a free quote and further information.

Next week we will post Part 2, which looks at getting the water from the roof to your poly or steel water tank, including useful information on roofs, gutters/downpipes and first-flush diverters.


Water doesn’t taste quite right?

WaterStore Poly Tanks are made from a special food grade plastic that is especially designed to Australian Torquay Tanks may 06 006Standards, and it's rated for full potability (potability means it’s ok to drink)

With several thousand tanks being made each year, we occasionally receive calls from our customers regarding discoloration, odd tastes and strange odours… 

Is it your tank that makes the water taste funny?  Nope, the tanks are made from an inert material which has no taste or odour, so your water catchment is the key!


Here are some things to consider:

  1. Are your gutters clean?  Leaves and other debris can change the taste and colour of your water as the material breaks down. Remember, a gum leaf in a pot of Billy Tea changes the taste completely.
  2. Is the leaf guard clean?  This should be cleaned when dirty every month or so. 
  3. What is above the roof? Nesting birds can introduce E coli and other bacteria from their waste.
  4. Is it a new roof?  Many steel finishes have a protective coating that may wash into the tank.
  5. Is there slime growing in your tank due to high light levels?  ask us how to fix this.
  6. Check what is adjacent to the roof - smoke settling from a factory, major earthworks  If you have a woodfire this can cause a taste in your water.
  7. Check for dead animals in the guttering and tanks. It is amazing how mice, possum and birds can find access to tanks that you think are fully sealed.
  8. Check your pumps, as we have found mice in the impellor of a pump. 


What to do?

  • Clean everything, double check everything.
  • The best advice is to drain the tank and start afresh after cleaning the tank and all areas that collect water
  • Tank cleaning companies are available across the state and provide a great service.
  • Of course, the best way to fix the problem is to make sure the contaminated water doesn't get into your tank - once you work out what the problem is, we have some great low cost ways to keep your water fresh and clean.

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If you are getting a funny taste, smell or discolouration, use our checklist above to do some detective work, or give us a call, we'd be happy to give you more information.


How to tell if your water tank is contaminated!

Smoke, sticks, leaves, dead animals and some roof coatings can all contribute to contaminatation of your water tank.

  • If the water tastes or smells unusual, is cloudy or discoloured, or contains particles, you should assume it is contaminated. Do not use it for drinking, food preparation or making ice until the tank has been cleaned and refilled with new rainwater or clean water brought in by a water carter.
  • If there is any doubt, assume the tank water is contaminated.
  • You may choose to have the tank water tested before deciding whether to use it for drinking. A laboratory analyst can test a sample of tank water for chemical, microbiological and algae levels. To find a laboratory that can do this, look under Analysts in the business telephone directory.
  • Water that is not suitable to drink may be used for other purposes such as fire fighting or watering the garden.
  • Do not give contaminated water to animals to drink.

Source: Better Health Channel

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Having a problem with your water quality?

Having a problem with trees, dirt or mosquitos? We suggest installing a SuperHead to minimise contamination of your water tank. Watch the movie below to find out how it works...

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