Our properties all include rainwater tanks, with trickle feed town water available for top-ups if needed. Using tank water offers a number of advantages over using regular town water, both in the short term and longer term.
You know exactly what you’re getting
One of the biggest benefits that our families appreciate about using tank water is quality control. Using town water means that you don’t always know what’s in the water – and what’s been added along the way. However, with rainwater tanks you can control the whole process from collection to delivery. You can choose the additives that go into your tap water – or don’t. Fluoride, for example, is a controversial issue, with many parents passionately for or against its inclusion in drinking water. Using tank water allows your family to make the decisions that are right for it.
Decrease your environmental footstep
Because your tanks make use of rainwater that falls directly on the property, they’re a great way to model responsible resource usage to your children. Compared to mass water collection options, rainwater tanks have a very low environmental impact. Dams and reservoirs contribute to loss of sediment in your local rivers and fragmentation of river and creek ecosystems. Minimising the water running through the town water system means that environmental impact of the whole town is decreased significantly.
Husband your own resources
Using tank water allows your family to choose exactly how and when water can be used – no externally-imposed restrictions on what you can do and when. If you value your independence, using tank water is a great option for your family.
Have the best of both worlds
Be primarily self-reliant, with ample amounts of water available in your tanks. But if an extended dry spell occurs, you won’t be left struggling. Trickle feed town water is available to all of our properties, ensuring that families can make use of it whenever needed.
Minimise water bills
Minimal use of town water has another huge advantage – far lower water bills. Making use of the rainwater that falls free of charge on your property is a sensible and frugal option. You only need to pay for excess water usage if you run through your own supply and start to draw on the town supply.