Something people don’t often consider when first looking into purchasing a rainwater tank is the wide range of water tank accessories that may be included or optional for your water tank, and they can truly make a difference to your rain harvesting experience.
Some local governments, shires or councils may even require specific additions that may need to be included in any new fresh water tank, so it is also a good idea to ensure that your rainwater tank meets all standards and requirements before going ahead with your order.
These may include the tank being a certain size, having certain ball valve fittings, including some form of gutter or roof catchment, or most commonly; including a fire reserve and fire outlet that will allow the local fire department to utilise your water tank in the absence of mains water at time of a bushfire.
Even if you are using a grey water tank for a garden or laundry system, some of the quality of life improvements that come with Pioneer’s water tank accessories may help you harvest additional rainwater, and save even more on your water bill.
The Pioneer Water Tanks exclusive Aqualiner Fresh® antimicrobial water tank liner is included in all Pioneer Water Tanks from the GT 10 to the GT 280, and can even be retrofitted to existing tanks as spare parts installed by one of our authorised dealers.
The Aqualiner Fresh® is the only water tank liner on the market that actively works against the build up of algae and bacteria in your water tank, ensuring that your drinking water stays clean, fresh and healthy, without the need for service or water treatment.
Water and metal don’t always go hand in hand, and even though BlueScope Steel have made leaps and bounds in the technological advancements around Colorbond® and Zincalume® steel, these sacrificial anodes are an extra step in cathodic protection for your rainwater tank.
One of the few areas that do require a small amount of tank maintenance, these anodes need to be replaced every five years, as a part of the ongoing service life of your rainwater tank. Due to being an external component, this will not disrupt your rainwater harvesting system at all.
The last thing you want is your rainwater tank overflowing, causing water to get in between the walls of your tank and your water tank liner, potentially causing water pockets, corrosion, and pulling the liner away from the wall.
This is why it is important to have overflow outlets that can deal with more water than can enter the tank at any given time. If you do install multiple pipe inlets for your tank, it is important to let your installer know, as you will require multiple outlets in order to cope with the additional water potentially entering the tank. The height at which this overflow is fitted determines the overall capacity of your tank, and due to the S bend shape, it may appear lower on the outside of the tank than it really is.
An upgrade on the traditional mesh and UV-treated plastic model of leaf filter basket, these heavy-duty leaf filter baskets serve as the last line of defence for leaves, sticks, and other debris or sediment that attempt to enter your water tank.
Despite being made from durable and less malleable steel, these filter better than other steel filter baskets which utilise a series of holes in order to let the water through, rather than a strainer-like screen or mesh system.
If you are looking to replace your old mesh filter (or other steel filter basket) these stainless steal filter baskets can be sold as spare parts, and purchased directly from your local Pioneer Water Tanks dealer or authorised installer.
Replacing the lockable sliding access hatch, is the heavy-duty hinged access hatch. This hatch is more robust and easier to open and close than the sliding access hatch, without sacrificing the ability to lock the hatch.
This hatch is designed so the tank water can be inspected, and should be used sparingly to prevent UV or unwanted debris from entering the tank, and you should only be entering the tank yourself if it is completely necessary so that you don’t compromise your rainwater quality.
With every Pioneer Water Tank – so that you can reach your stainless steel leaf filter basket and access hatch – is a galvanised steel access ladder.
This sturdy and durable ladder hooks on to the side of the tank, and differs in size for models in the GT range and the GTi range, in order to reach the additional 1.06m height from the additional panel.
Commercial and industrial tanks can have different ladders and ladder cages included if needed.
With every Pioneer Water Tank in the GT range comes Pioneer Water Tanks 20/20 warranty, which is both a 20 year conditional structural warranty, and a 20 year conditional warranty against water leakage.
Most of the tanks built back in 1988 in Pioneer’s first year of business are still in service to this day, holding water as securely as they did on day one, a testament to the durability of our tanks.
Our warranty is longer than many of our competitors have been in business, and we’re confident your Pioneer tank will stand the test of time.
If you are using your water tank for drinking water, one rainwater tank accessory that may interest you is the SuperSeal dustproofing strip.
This strip is designed to be installed between the tank roof and the top of the walls, and prevents any dust that may blow into the tank from entering and becoming sediment, and also prevents vermin such as frogs, mice or large insects from being able to enter the tank.
Many people understand that the roof of your water storage can also serve as a valuable rain harvesting tool, and as such look to install round gutters on these tanks, which some installers do offer as water tank accessories.
However, this can reduce the quality of your tank water, and require things like a gutter guard or rain head in order to keep your tank water clean, and aren’t compatible with the SuperSeal, and you don’t want your accessories compromising your water quality.
The Smart Water Savers use intelligent design to harvest water flow straight from the tank roof, while allowing debris and insects to pass right over their 1.2mm slots. These marvellous accessories are exclusive to Pioneer Water Tanks, and can harvest up to 25% of your rainwater tank’s capacity.
While many people are well versed in the knock-and-listen technique for determining the water level of your storage tank, it is much easier to have a simple tank water level indicator fitted to your tank, so that you can determine your water level at a glance – and with more accuracy.
There are analogue and digital water level indicators available, with the traditional float valve and weight model still popular to this day for its simplicity. Digital models are gaining popularity as they become more affordable, and include the TankMate sensor mentioned below.
Your local council or shire may require them, or you may simply look to install them for piece of mind, but fire fittings are increasingly popular water tank accessories, as Australians see the threat of bushfire seemingly increase each year.
Pioneer Water Tanks has a range of valves and fire fittings available, and also offer a fire reserve, placing the outlet to your home water storage above the bottom of the tank, so that there is always at least 20,000L available in the case of bushfire allowing emergency services to utilise your rainwater tank.
While the use of flat inert sand or crusher dust typically protects the liner from any debris or sharp objects beneath the tank, the Geotextile Underlay ensures that your liner is protected from any damage that may be caused to it.
While poly water tanks have a hard bottom, steel water tanks do not, with the liner supporting itself on the floor. This underlay affords you an extra layer of protection from leaks and external factors, giving you additional peace of mind when it comes to your water storage.
Available with your Pioneer Water Tank is the TankMate R3 Tank Level Sensor, which takes your water level monitoring up a notch, giving you a fully integrated smart tank.
Housed inside a robust waterproof polycarbonate enclosure, the TankMate uses a non-contact radar sensor to measure tank levels with millimetre accuracy – including leak detection – to ensure years of trouble free operation.
This device connects to an app available on both iOS and Android, allowing you to take full control of your water storage.
Pioneer Water Tanks have been installing rainwater tanks for Western Australian homes for over thirty years, and our staff are experts when it comes to water storage – including the accessories that come with your rainwater tank.
Pioneer’s Dealer Direct® Network has over 50 installers across Australia, and more than 10 in WA alone, made up of water tank professionals, with the experience to help meet your water storage needs. They are typically family businesses, and are fully equipped for tank installation, as well as any repairs or service you may require down the line.
If you have any questions on water tanks or our range of water tank accessories, give us a ring on 1800 999 599, or simply click here to request a quote for a water tank today, and one of our dealers will be in touch with information regarding your customised water tank pricing.
There are many products on the market when it comes not only to brands and models of rainwater tanks, but also their accessories, and different products will be better for different applications.
When organising the delivery and installation of your water tank, your installation team will also be able to give you assistance and advice regarding which accessories from the list above hat will be best for your water tank.
The main way owners of Pioneer Water Tanks seek to make their water tanks more aesthetically pleasing, is to match them to the site using the range of Colorbond® colours that our tanks are available in. Whether this is to match the colour of your roof, the colour of a shed, or an earthy colour to blend in to the backdrop.
Pioneer Water Tanks are also available in a traditional metallic Zincalume® finish, which some people prefer for both lower prices and also the more rural appearance.
Pioneer ensures that the amount of water coming through the inlet of your water tank never exceeds the amount that can pass through the outlet, with the 150mm overflow designed to prevent the tank from overflowing, even in times of high rainfall.
Larger tank or rain harvesting area sizes may call for additional inlets, and if this is the case, an additional overflow connection may be required to prevent the water tank from overflowing, and allowing it to drain properly.
Typically your rainwater tank will not require pumps in order to supply adequate water pressure to your home’s pipes, taps and outlets, as the weight of the water above the valve is enough to gravity feed adequate water supply to all taps, faucets and showers in your home.
If you are looking to fill the tank from a dam or bore, however pumps may be required in order to power the water transfer from one to the other.
If you do find that your water pressure isn’t high enough, many of our installers are plumbers, and offer plumbing services including the installation of pumps, allowing quality water supply to your toilets, bathroom, laundry and other areas of your home you may need it.
You can add accessories to your water tank at any time, however, it is usually best to add fittings such as the SuperSeal, Smart Water Savers, and fire reserve when the tank is first installed, in order to not disrupt the quality of your rainwater storage system. The Geotextile underlay is the one product that cannot be installed at a later date without emptying your water tank.
Other accessories, such as a first flush diverter kit, TankMate level indicator and replacement filter basket can be added at any time.