Published: December 3, 2018, 12:58pm | Modified: June 19, 2019, 11:37am

One of the best ways to save money on water bills and help keep your garden watered during dry spells is by using rain collection tanks.


Rainwater harvesting has many benefits but the main one is that it is a sustainable water management practice that can be implemented by anyone on many different levels, from a simple rain barrel to a comprehensive rainwater harvesting system that integrates with an irrigation system or household plumbing. Harvested rainwater is the perfect candidate for irrigation use in addition to so many other water uses.  By using rainwater harvesting systems to supply water for some, or all of our water needs, you can reduce our dependence on municipally treated water. Overall, rainwater harvesting is viewed as a practice that is socially acceptable and environmentally responsible all the while, promoting self-sufficiency.


Most rural households have to source all their water on their property, and rainwater often provides a better-quality household supply than a river, bore or dam water. Rainwater harvesting is not just for rural areas though. Although urban households may be connected to a reticulated, treated water supply, rainwater harvesting can significantly lower mains water usage. It will reduce water bills, provide an alternative supply during water restrictions and help maintain a green, healthy garden. In fact, depending upon tank size and climate, rainwater harvesting can reduce mains water use by 100%. Rainwater harvesting also decreases stormwater runoff, thereby helping to reduce local flooding and scouring of creeks.

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