How to Keep Rainwater Harvesting Tanks Safe from Contamination
Many people buy rainwater harvesting tanks to supplement the supply of municipal water on their properties. This can range from irrigation and gardening to cleaning and laundry. If you intend to use water derived from rainwater harvesting tanks for consumption, it is essential that you treat the water first. Contamination from dead insects, animal excrement, and other substances can make consuming the water health hazard if it is not treated and stored correctly.
If you plan to drink rainwater, minimise the possibility of it becoming contaminated. Keep your rainwater tank clean throughout the year by removing overhanging branches and any other type of debris in gutters or on roofs. Using fine wire mesh is effective at keeping keep bugs, leaves, and other materials from getting into the rainwater tank in the first place. The tank should also be tightly sealed to keep out light and to prevent mosquitoes from getting in and laying eggs in the water supply.
The World Health Organisation recommends first filtering water intended for consumption, then disinfecting it with chemicals. In South Africa in particular, commercial water purification products using iodine or chlorine are widely available. Should the water be cloudy, it is recommended that you strain it through a porous, clean fabric, such as a cotton cloth, to get rid of sediments and related debris.
Choose Aquadam for Durable and Hygienic Rainwater Harvesting Tanks
Are you looking to reduce your household’s dependence on the municipal water supply? If the answer is yes, you have come to the right place. Our rainwater harvesting tanks help you do just that. By harvesting rainwater, you can effectively lower your reliance on municipal water, thereby reducing your monthly water bill. Rainwater, when harvested correctly, is a clean, safe source of water that can add tangible value to your family’s quality of life.
Even though it might not necessarily be potable, rainwater contains no chemicals added by water treatment plants, so it is perfectly suited to use in your garden, filling your pool, or washing your car. Rainwater harvesting tanks are a cost-effective and easy way to start harnessing rainwater, offering an average lifespan of over two decades.
If you would like to learn more about our catalogue of products and services, contact us today. Our team is always at hand to answer any questions you may have, and to help you make an informed decision regarding your rainwater harvesting needs. We look forward to hearing from you.