With all the recent rain, it’s easy to forget that only a year or so ago, we were gripped by a record-breaking drought. Back then, the unprecedented bushfires and blisteringly hot days saw all of NSW under various stages of water restrictions, with some regional towns having to truck water in after other water sources were tapped dry.
While things weren’t quite as dire here in Sydney, back then dam capacity and water restrictions were common topics of conversation across the city. While the drought has since broken, the reality of climate change means that more droughts and hot summers are on the way.
That’s why it’s time to consider a rainwater tank for your home. An extra source of water in times of drought, a home water tank offers other benefits to homeowners too. Here are just three reasons why your home needs a rainwater tank.
The benefits of installing a rainwater tank in your home
Save money on water bills
One of the big benefits of installing a home rainwater tank is the money it can save your family in water consumption. Instead of turning the hose on to water the lawn or garden, you can draw on your rainwater tank for your gardening needs instead. According to Sydney Water, a properly installed home rainwater tank could save up to 40% of your drinking water supply, or $200 a year off your water bills. With the cost of living rising on all fronts, it makes sense to save money on utilities whenever you can – that’s why a rainwater tank for your home is a good idea.
Comply with council regulations
Most councils require new homes or larger renovation projects to have a water tank installed as part of the DA process. While you might be living in an older home and believe you are not subject to these requirements, it’s worth checking in with your local authority to make sure. With development requirements constantly evolving, it’s important to know where you stand.
Even if it’s not a requirement to have a home water tank just yet, installing one is a proactive environmental move. Not only will you be recycling and reusing a precious natural resource, but you’ll also help minimise erosion and control stormwater runoff too.
Drought-proof your property
Installing a home water tank is a big step in the right direction when it comes to drought-proofing your home. Being able to access an alternate source of water in times of drought is important, especially when faced with water restrictions and trying to choose between watering the garden or washing the car. Having a home water tank can also be of use to firefighters should your home come under ember attack in a bushfire. This is something to consider if you live in any of the bushland areas in and around The Shire.
If you’re thinking about installing a rainwater tank, OP Plumbing Services is only a call away. Serving the Sutherland Shire, St George area, Wollongong and Greater Sydney, we’re ready to help you save money, drought-proof your home and comply with council regulations by installing a quality rainwater tank. Call 0417 299 820 or contact us for immediate assistance.