Rainwater Harvestings Systems have for a long time been one of the most efficient solutions for collecting and storing water around your home. When opting for such a system the next decision is where to place it. Here are 4 factors to consider when choosing the location of your water tank:
How does your ground surface look?
One of the most important factors to consider when placing your water tank is the surface. Examining the surface before installation will indicate if any additional steps need to be taken or if an alternative location needs to be chosen. It is important that the surface is flat. You can determine this by using a level. Water tanks that are filled to capacity are extremely heavy. Uneven surfaces can cause it to tumble, crack or even break. The solution for uneven surfaces can either be simply compacting and leveling out the surface, laying a concrete base or, and in certain circumstances, you may even consider using an underground rainwater harvesting system.
What goes on, in, and around your run-off surface?
A run-off surface is a flat surface, most commonly the roof of the home, where rainwater falls and runs down into a re-directing system (gutters). When choosing the location of your system, check for trees and obstructions on or close to your roof. For example, if the one side of your property contains trees that overhang the run-off surface but not the other side, it will be best to place on the side where there is little to no trees. Leaves and debris can build up thereby restricting the flow of water to your tank. The best placement for a tank is near a downpipe at the lower side of your home.
Find the weather side of your home
Generally, houses are built with the weather in mind, placing rooms and main living areas on the sunny side to allow for light and warmth. Water tanks will collect more water from the cooler side of the house as condensation will be more likely to form and drain to the fill the tank. Also, take note of the prevailing weather patterns in your area - does your home get more rain coming from a certain direction? If so put your tank on the weather side of your home as more rainwater will be collected from this side of your home.
Keep it shaded
Exposure to the sun can cause algae to grow which will influence the quality of your water. This can be prevented by keeping your tank in a shaded area. By doing so water will be kept cool enough to prevent bacterial growth that would otherwise occur when water reaches a certain temperature.
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