If you live in certain parts of Tasmania, you would have to boil your water for your everyday needs. With lead and cadmium seeping into the groundwater from old mines, many Tasmanians haven’t seen clean fresh water being supplied in their towns for years.
That’s where rainwater tanks come in to help. While your communal water tank may give you five litres of water a day which you have to lug from the tap to your home each day, if you have an Australian water tank installed to store water in the rainy season, you can drink clean water every day without having to go through the trouble of boiling it.
This is of course true no matter where you live. With clean groundwater water becoming as scarce as the hairy-nosed wombat, it’s time that we took our water supply in our own hands.
Depending on where you live, you can have a rainwater tank installed in your garden or the roof of your urban condo, on your bush-land or your rural farm. The choices in material, colour and shape are plenty. And with the government offering rebates to help them reduce the load on the groundwater and present water conservation measures, there is no better time to switch to a source of water that is, if not more reliable, easy to store.
People that are concerned about the quality of rainwater over urban areas needn’t worry as yet. Australia’s cities are so far apart that acid rain here is not a big danger as of now. Nevertheless, it is always wise to stay safe by installing home filtration systems for drinking water or even boiling the water you drink or use in cooking. And steer clear of metallic-based water tanks as you risk lead poisoning from dodgy manufacturers.