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Entries in Tips & Tricks (15)

Tuesday
Jul272010

Water Quality not up to scratch? Find out why...

If you are experiencing an odour or a taste coming from your water, there are many external factors which may be contributing to this, such as:

  • Crop dusting can result in agricultural chemicals entering rainwater tanks. Agricultural chemicals may also drift or be washed into irrigation channels, streams and dams.
  • Harmful smoky residues from solid wood heaters can condense near flues on your roof.
  • Particles from lead-based paints or flashing on older roofs and gutters can be washed into rainwater tanks.
  • Tar-based roof coatings can bind other harmful organic chemicals (such as pesticides) to the roof surface and make it difficult to clean.
  • Runoff from roofs in urban or industrial areas can contain chemical pollutants from the air.

For a further list of factors that can affect your water quality, please click on the link to download a PDF from the Victorian Government Health. Alternatively you may call us on 1800 654 610 to discuss your options.

Source: Vic Health

 

Friday
Jul232010

Tips to save water in the garden

With the cost of water continually rising and hitting us all in the hip pocket, we thought we would show you some easy ways to avoid hefty water bills whilst still preserving your garden.

  • Build your soil with mulch and compost, designed to retain water and prevent evaporation
  • Choose low water usage plants -such as natives which are acustomed to our dryer climate
  • Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems. which save up to 50% more than sprinklers
  • Use a water tap timer
  • Water in the early morning or evening. If you water during mid-day half the water will evaporate.

If you have any great tips on saving water, please email them through to sales@waterstore.com.au  so we can share them with other loyal customers.

Tuesday
Jun082010

How can I tell how much water I have in my tank?

The oldest and cheapest trick to find out the water level of your water tank,  use the farmers 'Tap Test'.

  1. Tap the side of the tank wall, starting from the bottom and working your way up the wall.
  2. When you hear a hollow sound-this tells you the level your water is at.
  3. If it all sounds hollow-then you probably have no water to start with!

A more modern option would be to install a water indicator gauge. There are many types available in the market, however we recommend the "Yaktek water level indicator" (suitable for concrete or steel tanks) which retails around $140; or the "Water Gauge" which is great for poly and water cartage tanks which retails around $60.

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Wednesday
May262010

Are mosquitos a problem in my water tank?

To prevent mosquito breeding and contamination, it’s vital guttering and pipework should be self-draining or fitted with drainage points.Water should not be allowed to pool under the overflow outlet or tap of the tank as these can become mosquito breeding sites.

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Friday
May212010

When to clean your water tank?

Over a period of time, your water tank will build up sludge and muck that sits on the bottom and the walls of your water tank (especially if it has corrugated walls). There are many things which contribute to this such as:

  • wood fires (smoke can settle on your roof)
  • highly tree areas (sticks and leaves can fall on your roof)
  • high traffic areas (polution from traffic can settle on your roof)
  • some new roofs (they have a clear film which eventually wears off)
  • Animals (dead possums, birds, mice etc)
  • Mosquitos (which can lay eggs and breed)
  • Eucalyptus (from over hanging trees) etc

It is recommended that you clean out your tank regularly every 2-3 years to avoid such issues occuring. 

For further information you can download a copy of 'Your private drinking water suppy' which has been published by the Victorian Government Department of Human Resources which is a guide to cleaning out your tank.

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