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Think water tanks are ugly? Think again! While round water tanks are sometimes considered unpleasant to look at, space-saving slimline water tanks are a stylish addition to any backyard. A slimline water tank is a tank built to narrow dimensions in a rectangular shape, which means that even if you're dealing with limited space, you can likely fit a slimline water tank.
They're an increasingly common sight at residential and business properties because of this benefit. It's often difficult to place a round water tank in a smaller backyard, but slimline tanks can be customised so that you're still able to enter and exit your property as usual. Being able to build your tank to a length that suits you means that you can fit your water tank into a position that suits you, without obstructing your views or making it difficult to access pathways.
So, with that in mind, what are some of the benefits of installing a slimline water tank? Well, rainwater harvesting is better for the planet. Australia is already facing a freshwater crisis, and as the population continues to grow, clean drinking water will be at even more of a premium. Desalination is an expensive proposition, and those increased costs bear out in rising water rates. And yet, this whole time, rain is falling across Australia that is already safe for many purposes - from watering your garden to washing your car - and making the most of it means that we can significantly reduce our reliance on mains water.
It's also worth noting that all of the mains water you're using at home comes treated so that it's safe to drink. But you only use a small fraction of your mains water for drinking; if you can use rainwater for most other uses, then we're saving the drinking water for what we really need it for.
50% – Outdoor use (car washing, hosing driveways, garden use)
17% – Showers
13% – Toilets
11.5% – Laundry
Replacing treated mains water with old-fashioned rainwater is better for the planet, and means more affordable bills for you; it's also better for your garden because plants aren't missing out on essential nutrients that have been removed from treated water. You've probably noticed how healthy your plants look after a good rainfall; that's because they're getting exactly what they need! A licensed plumber can also connect your water tank up to your shower, toilets and laundry, further reducing your mains water consumption (and showering with rainwater is actually great for your hair!)
How about drinking water, you may be wondering?
Well, rainwater as-is is often contaminated, whether by water-borne pathogens or by debris. However, using an effective whole-house water filtration system means that you can enjoy safe, fresh and clean drinking water throughout your home.