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In order to maintain a healthy water supply for you and your family, we recommend the following steps to take care of your precious resource. These steps don’t take into account a gutter system directly installed on a water tank. A gutter system on a water tank may not have provisions for you to flush debris off your tank roof before water enters the tank. Pioneer Water Tanks is committed to providing you with solutions to maximise your water quality.
Insist on an antimicrobial tank liner. This revolutionary liner technology is exclusive to Pioneer Water Tanks. The AQUALINER FRESH® antimicrobial tank liner actively works against bacteria, mould and algae to keep your water fresher for longer.
Remove overhanging branches and potential areas for birds to perch over your rainwater harvesting catchment areas. Minimise the opportunity for organic contamination of your fresh rain water.
Keep rainwater harvesting catchment areas including gutters, gutter guards, down pipes and leaf filter baskets clean and clear of leaves and other organic debris. Regular maintenance of your catchment areas is essential.
Consider installing mesh gutter guards on the gutters of your catchment area plus leaf screens at the top of your down pipes to reduce catchment of organic debris. Gutter guards require regular maintenance, otherwise they can create water quality problems.
Install a first-flush water diverter like a Roof Gutter Pipe (RGP) kit to divert the first runoff from your catchment system away from your tank. These devices help to flush dirt and other organic matter to the drain before you start harvesting clean rainwater once the catchment surfaces are clean.
Ensure you have a good quality leaf filter basket with a lid installed in your tank and increase the number of filter baskets as the number of inlet pipes increases. Keep the filter basket lids on to ensure sunlight doesn’t enter the tank and potentially cause algae growth. Ask our team for more information.
Each heavy and consistent rainfall period consider using your RGP kit to flush your system and then direct good quality water to your tank. Once the rain has finished don’t forget to open your RGP again and let water out of the chamber. Don’t let this water become stale and smelly and have it end up in your tank on the next rain event.
Tank gutters can bypass most of the screening components recommended in good quality rainwater harvesting systems. The water collected in a tank gutter bypasses the leaf diverters, first flush diverters and leaf filter baskets that are essential to maximising water quality.
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