Make the water in your tank safe to drink by adding rainwater tank purifier
What better way to source additional water, than from the sky. It's free, so capturing it in a rainwater tank makes a lot of sense.
You can use it in the garden, or switch between mains and tank water at leisure for supplying water to the house.
For many living on rural properties, rainwater and groundwater are their only source of water, because they don't have the luxury of a mains water supply.
In droughts, they need to truck in huge quantities of bottled water. A rainwater tank is their best friend.
You probably already know that you can't just drink water straight from the rainwater tank. It needs to be treated to make it safe. This is where a rainwater tank purifier comes in.
It's the simplest way to make your tank water safe to drink.
The many uses for tank water
One of the reasons more and more suburban homes are installing rainwater tanks is because they recognise the benefits of capturing rainwater. It's not only great for using as drinking water. There are plenty of other convenient uses for it.
Some of these include;
- Watering the garden
- Flushing the toilet
- Washing the clothes
- Filling a pool or spa
- Washing the car
- Supplying your hot water system
- Thermal buffers to insulate your house
- Protection from bushfires
One thing to remember, left untreated, rainwater is open to contamination from many different sources.
What are some of the ways rainwater can become contaminated in a domestic tank?
Even though the rain generally starts out from the source relatively pure, it can pick up a few nasty freeloaders on its journey to the tank, and also within the tank itself.
Imagine the water running across the droppings on the roof left behind by birds and animals. What about when it makes its way through the dust that's blown onto the roof.
Some of the main things that contaminate rainwater, include;
- Industrial pollutants
- Pesticide sprays
- Small animals and insects
There are many ways rainwater can become contaminated, and so you need to take a few steps to prevent this from happening.
Other ways to prevent rainwater from becoming contaminated in your tank
Purer rain water starts with installing a rainwater tank correctly, and then properly maintaining and operating the tank.
For instance, if the tank doesn't keep mosquitoes out effectively, it will become a breeding ground for them.
The good news is there are specific actions you can take to maintain the tank and prevent contamination. It starts with making sure your roof is clear of large tree branches; checking that the inlet and overflow screens are secure, clean and in good condition; opening and cleaning first-flush devices after rainfall.
Also, every 2 to 3 years you need to check your tank for sludge accumulation
Pure, safe drinking water starts with good tank practices, and the final step is adding rainwater tank purifier.
What is rainwater tank purifier and what does it do?
Rainwater tank purifier is an easy alternative to using chlorine. The purifier is a liquid that's been specifically formulated for disinfecting rain water.
It's designed so that one litre of purifier in your tank, will treat up to 16,000 litres of rainwater.
Once you've applied it to the water, the purifier stays in your tank and keeps it protected from bacteria and pathogens for up to 2 months.
Rainwater tank purifier protects you from harmful microorganisms
The nature of collecting and storing rainwater in domestic tanks, means a range of microorganisms will be introduced. Most of these will be harmless, but the ones to watch out for are enteric pathogens.
Enteric pathogens include types of bacteria, viruses and protozoa. These bacteria are caused when the water makes contact with bird and animal droppings.
By applying rainwater tank purifier to the water in the tank, it will;
- Kill germs, viruses, biofilms and other pathogens
- Leave a residue in the water ensuring the bacteria can’t reoccur
- Protect your tank water for up to 2 months, unlike chlorine which dissipates quickly
Rainwater tank purifier kills up to 99.9% of germs, bacteria and viruses. It has no colour or odour, so it makes it an excellent, cost effective way for treating the tank water such as the Puretec Tanksafe 1 Litre Rainwater Purifier TK1000 from Plumbing Sales.
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