Tank Gutters – Why They Fail the Sniff Test

Why Tank Gutters Are Not A Great Choice For Your Water Tank

Trying to decide on the water catchment system that is right for your property can be a time-consuming and tiresome project.

To help guide you in the right direction, here is some information on exactly what NOT to choose when deciding on a catchment system that will provide you with the cleanest, clearest and purest water possible!

Some water tank providers will claim that having a gutter system fitted to the roof of your water tank is an efficient system in ensuring that you can collect as much rainwater as possible.

What they forget to mention however, is that this system is a sure way to guarantee a contaminated water supply.

Recent horror stories have emerged from numerous customers of low-quality tank systems, revealing that the tank gutter system can have detrimental effects on the quality of your precious water.

Water harvested from a tank gutter bypasses the screening and filtration system (including the leaf filter basket) resulting in a contaminated water supply.

Here’s why the tank gutter system fails the sniff test (quite literally):

  • Contaminants and debris in the form of organic matter are flushed directly from the roof of your tank and straight into your clean water supply, without passing through a proper filtering system.
  • The tank gutter will quickly fill with leaves and sticks and other potential contaminants and requires a lot more effort to keep clean.
  • The tank gutter system will turn your precious water BROWN! The rainwater you collect will be strained through the decomposing organic matter in the tank gutter, staining it with tannins from the leaves and debris.
  • The organic matter stays moist inside the gutter which leads to corrosion and early failure of the gutter and roof sheets and which ultimately will reduce the lifespan of your tank.
  • Organic matter will build up inside your tank and through the process of anaerobic decomposition, it will contaminate your water with foul odors and bad tastes.

Water harvested conventionally from the roof of your house or shed should pass through a screening and filtration system before it enters your tank. This can include a first flush diverter, leaf screen and finally the leaf filter basket in the tank itself. This ensures the best water quality in your tank.

Water harvested from a tank gutter bypasses the screening and filtration system (including the leaf filter basket) resulting in a contaminated water supply.

The organic matter stays moist inside the gutter which leads to corrosion and early failure of the gutter and roof sheets and which ultimately will reduce the lifespan of your tank.

In fact, there doesn’t seem to be any point to the tank gutter system at all – considering that the surface area of your tank will almost definitely not be as large as that of your house or shed, it appears the tank gutter system will be more likely to contaminate your water supply rather than be a successful catchment resource.

A tank gutter system is a gimmick and a liability, and is certainly not recommended. At Pioneer Water Tanks we recommend conventional rainwater harvesting from the catchment of your house or shed, and either of two proven solutions for maximising rainwater collection and water quality:

Underground System (Wet)

This is an underground transport system that is built around the perimeter of your catchment area to collect and transport rainwater to your tank.   It works by first flushing fresh rainwater through a series of screens and diverters before sending it to your tank via underground pipes.

Overhead System (Dry)

This system allows for rainwater to be collected, screened and filtered and transported to your tank via above ground piping.

Both systems can be supplemented with the use of an innovative Roof Gutter Pipe (RGP) kit which effectively eliminates all forms of contamination by first flushing your rainwater through the RPG system before reaching your tank.

Both systems are innovative in their ability to be cost effective whilst providing the purest possible water for you and your family. After all, who doesn’t want to enjoy the simplicity of knowing your water is the purest, cleanest and healthiest it can be?

To learn more about the most effective and healthiest methods of water catchment on the market, please consult with a member of Pioneer Water Tanks on 1800 999 599, and see what system is right for you.