How Water Tanks can help you survive water shedding
Water Tanks: A water tank is a large plastic or metal container used to harvest rain water for garden use or as drinking water. Get a professional to install this for you.
How it Works:
- Choose where you want the tank to be situated.
- Level and compact the ground where it will be.
- Measure and lay shuttering for a concrete slab.
- Lay the concrete slab level.
- Place the tank in the centre of the slab.
- Extend a pipe from the gutter to the lid of the tank.
- Cut a hole in the lid of the tank to fit your gutter pipe.
- Connect the tap and overflow pipe to the tank.
Now, it is important to make sure that the water is drinkable. Use an above ground tank if you want drinking water. Consult a professional to install the proper equipment to make the water clean enough to drink. And don’t forget to clean your roof and gutter regularly. Clean any sludge on the tank floor every 2-3 years.
Estimated Cost: Depending on the size of the tank and your set up, between R3 000 and R10 000. A 750-liter JoJo slimline tank could sell for about R1700. If you are living in complex, be sure to check with your body corporate before installing one at your house as you may need permission to do so.
Upside: You will be reliant on rainwater plus you will have less financial pressure on your water bill.
South Africa has heard a few new terms being thrown around regarding water issues like “potable water”. Here are some water definitions that might come in handy:
Potable Water: drinkable water.
Grey Water: Also known as bath water. Good for gardening purposes, not drinking.
Black Water: basically, sewerage. Not much use for that.