With water restrictions increasing in Western Australia, along with the cost of living which includes the residential water bill, many people are looking for ways to avoid using as much town water as they might have in years gone by.
One way people are looking to do this is by installing rainwater tanks. While many people in rural areas have no choice but to use rainwater for their laundry, people in areas who do have access to mains water are beginning to turn to rainwater harvesting to supplement their water usage.
A rainwater tank is an effective way to increase your water supply without increasing your water bill, and rainwater tanks for the home are now found in more than a quarter of Australian houses, for a range of purposes including drinking water, water for gardens, and rainwater supply for the laundry, toilet and bathroom.
Pioneer Water tanks has been providing rainwater tanks to Western Australian homes for more than 30 years, and with an antimicrobial water tank liner to keep your water fresh paired with a 20 year warranty, you can rest assured your harvested rainwater is in safe hands.
For many people who have been using mains water or scheme water their whole lives, one of the first things they may wonder when switching to rainwater is if it is safe to use in their washing machine.
The good news is, not only is rainwater safe to use in washing machines, it might just be the best water source for washing clothes with.
Other water sources – such as bore water and tap water – are high in minerals including calcium, fluoride and chlorine, making them hard water sources which may impart these minerals on your clothing.
Rainwater on the other hand, is what is known as soft water, and fluctuates between 5.6 and below on the pH scale. This means that not only will you require less laundry detergent and less rinse cycles, but it will also absorb many of these compounds from your clothing in the wash cycle.
For those looking to get an extra water saving kick out of their water tank, there is also the option of installing a grey water system to support your rainwater storage.
Water from the shower and washing machine can often be reused in other parts of the home, including the toilet and parts of the garden that aren’t being used to grow herbs, fruit or vegetables.
The installation of a greywater tank is simple, and includes diverting the shower drain and laundry sink/washing machine overflow into a secondary storage tank to be used for reticulation and irrigation in the garden.
For those who want to go the extra step, there are also filters which can be fitted to your greywater system, making it safer for reuse on plants that might require fresh and clean water to be washed properly, and to prevent the build-up of calcium or other chemicals in the toilet cistern.
The major factor that will determine the best rainwater tank for your laundry water storage and for your home, is how much space you have available. If you are looking for a medium to large steel water tank, and have enough space for a tank size in the tens of thousands of litres Pioneer Water Tanks is surely your best bet.
For those with less room however, who are just looking for a rainwater tank for the laundry or garden seeking to bring down the price of their annual water bill, then you may be better suited to a smaller water storage system, such as a slimline water tank, or other small poly water tanks or galvanised steel water tanks. Many of these slimline tanks or other plastic water tanks are designed to fit down the side of suburban homes, making the most of minimal space.
Pioneer Water Tanks are experts when it comes to water tanks for your home, with a range of rural and residential water tanks designed to last you and your family for decades to come. Pioneer Water Tanks can be fitted with a host of rainwater tank accessories, designed to improve your water storage experience.
One of these accessories, which comes standard with your rural rainwater tank, is the Aqualiner Fresh® antimicrobial water tank liner, a Pioneer exclusive designed to keep your drinking water storage clean and fresh so that your family can stay healthy.
Pioneer Water Tanks are built to last. Pioneer remains an Australian owned and operated company, and all of our water tanks are made right here in Western Australia from Australian materials from Colorbond ® and Zincalume ® steel. This tight control over our manufacturing is what makes us so confident these tanks are built to our high standards, and are the best quality possible.
Our Pioneer V-Lock® tank wall profile is designed specifically for water storage, not only for an impressive level of strength and durability, but also to protect the water tank’s liner from the inside, preventing stretching and wear as the tank fills and empties. This is why Pioneer offers a 20/20 warranty. That’s a 20 year conditional structural warranty paired with a 20 year warranty against water leakage.
With Pioneer Water Tanks you can be confident you’re not just purchasing your water tanks for the short term, but that they reflect the investment they are, and will provide your home and family with water storage for many years to come. Most of the tanks built in our first year of operations back in 1988 still stand to this day, providing water storage across rural Australia.
Pioneer Water Tanks understand that everyone’s water storage needs are different, which is why our water tanks are available in a wide range of sizes. Depending on the size of your home, your family’s annual water usage and your property’s rainfall, the size water tank you require can wildly differ. If you are unsure, have a chat to your local Pioneer Water Tanks dealer, and they will be sure to point you in the right direction. Otherwise refer to the table below for our list of water tank sizes.
The Litres/Gallons stated above are gross capacities. Actual useable volume will vary depending on the size and position of inlets and outlets.
If you’re chasing a rainwater tank that will help you cover water needed for washing machines in your home, as well as the water supply for your house for drinking water and general use, contact Pioneer Water Tanks today on 1800 999 599, or simply click here and fill out the attached form and one of our expert installers will be in touch with a quote and more information.
Rainwater lacks the additives and minerals that bore water and tap water contain. Bore water or ground water is often high in magnesium, manganese, iron and calcium, while tap water typically has added chlorine and fluoride to keep the water safe for human consumption. Rainwater, on the other hand, is soft water, meaning you can use less detergent and soap in the laundry while also stripping clothes of the minerals found in other water sources.
The cleanliness of your rainwater will be entirely dependant on where you are harvesting it from – both in terms of your location, and your rainwater catchment. If you are living in an urban area, or an area near an industrial site or main road, your water may be suffering from pollution. The same goes if you aren’t keeping your roof or gutters clean. In most of Australia, rainwater has been deemed safe to drink, and certainly safe to use in showers and washing machines.
Rainwater, as opposed to town water, typically has a pH of 5.6 or below making it a soft water source. This means that your tank water is more likely to absorb trace elements and minerals from your clothes than it is to impart them on there. This is also true for watering gardens and lawns, with rainwater being higher in nitrogen, and lower overall in trace elements, allowing it to absorb carbon dioxide and other elements on the plants and in the soil.
In many parts of the world, high levels of pollution make rainwater high in contaminants, and cover the roofs used for rainwater harvesting in a layer of sediment and chemicals. However, Australia doesn’t experience these levels of pollutants – particularly in rural areas – and the rainwater in Western Australia is typically deemed safe to drink according to the Department of Health’s Healthy WA website‘s drinking water guidelines.
Provided you are not located near heavy road traffic or any industrial or agricultural site that may be releasing pollutants, it then comes down to having the right rainwater storage device for your needs, and ensuring that your rainwater harvesting systems are kept clean and maintained from roof to tap.
Typically rainwater tanks to not require a pump, as the water contained in the tank is heavy enough to create adequate water pressure to push the stored water to any taps or pipes within the home. When tanks are located too far from the house, or are perhaps close to empty and don’t have sufficient weight to create adequate water pressure, a pump may be required.