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Water Restrictions Imposed!

Water usage measured on a daily basis! That is tough news for people who like long showers .

I raise the question! Are Water Storage Tanks for individuals home the answer?

I don't know about other countries but in certain parts of Australia especially my state Victoria we are certainly facing a very serious water shortage.

In my state alone the capital city Melbourne is now on what is politely called "Stage 3a" water restrictions. The Government is so concerned that it has instigated a program heavily promoted on the TV and other media to encourage people to only use 155 litres of water per day per person.

Concrete Water Tank

A concrete water storage tank one of three we have. All have been decorated .

A concrete water storage tank one of three we have. All have been decorated .

Trigger Sprinkler

Trigger sprinkler only approved devise for watering by hand.

Trigger sprinkler only approved devise for watering by hand.

Stage 3a Water Restrictions

Some of the basic restrictions are:
Gardens :

  • Hand watering only between 6-8am with a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.
  • Manual dripper - between 6-8am.
  • Automatic dripper - between midnight and 2am.
  • No evening watering is allowed at all.
  • Lawns are not allowed to be watered at any time.
  • Motor cars cannot be washed with a hose.

But you can only water on certain days.

Odd number houses can water on Sunday and Wednesday. Even number houses can water Saturday and Tuesday. No watering at all is allowed on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Pools and spas cannot be filled, supply must be purchased elsewhere?

These are only some of the restrictions, if you are interested check out the full list on the Southeast Water website.

Desal Protest at Kilkunda

A protest at my favorite part of the world 'Kilcunda' All to no avail unfortunately!

A protest at my favorite part of the world 'Kilcunda' All to no avail unfortunately!

Easing "not bloody likely"

The Government has given no indication when these restrictions will be eased. But have indicated that the cost of water is likely to increase quite dramatically.
I am critical of the Government because in my opinion they have bowed to the Green movement and flatly refuse to build any further dams.

To add insult to injury they have built a North - South pipe line, effectively taking the irrigation water away from the farmers who are also suffering from lack of rain fall.

The Government has also infuriated the lovers of our beautiful coastline ( I include myself in this category) and destroyed the pristine coast near Wonthaggi to build a Water Purification plant at the cost of millions. I believe the completion is at least 2 years away!

The Greens are not happy with this either! Surprise Surprise, do they like anything? Next thing you know they will try to stop the Clouds from blocking the Sun :-)

Water, Water, Everywhere

"Water, water, every where,

Nor any drop to drink."

— Samual Taylor Coleridge

"Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink."

Well not exactly but getting close to it in Australia.

Words in quotes borrowed from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" written by Samual Taylor Coleridge.I hope he does not mind?

Water Storage Tank

Water storage tank we use as a feeder for main tanks. Note the imitation bricks on the bottom

Water storage tank we use as a feeder for main tanks. Note the imitation bricks on the bottom

There is Always an Upside!

Fortunately for us as a family, we live on a 2 acre block and do not have a mains water connection. Although we still pay a levy to the Water Authority!

Our water supply comes from the sky in the form of rain!
We have a collection system that is the envy of anyone who sees our set up. I will try to explain.

  • On the property we have collecting water:
  • The Main house approx 40 square
  • What is known in Australia a Granny Flat
  • A Bungalow (Studio)
  • A four car garage (now a workshop / office)

The Rain Water System

Now each one of these buildings feed into water storage tanks. In all we have 3 concrete tanks, and 2 plastic feeder tanks.
The whole system is connected together with pipes and after a good downpour it replenishes the tanks very quickly. In all our total storage capacity is approximately 60,000 gallons.
To supplement the pressure from the tanks we have pressure sensitive pumps to keep the pressure of the water supply to the houses at a constant pressure.

Rain Water Tanks many Shapes

Storage Water Tanks can be slim line and used as walls or fences!

Storage Water Tanks can be slim line and used as walls or fences!

Rain Water Tank Raised for More Pressure

Water storage tank raised on a platform to allow more gravity pressure (head).

Water storage tank raised on a platform to allow more gravity pressure (head).

Rain Water Tanks - Even More Shapes

Water Storage tanks think of a size and they will have it!

Water Storage tanks think of a size and they will have it!

Rain Water Tank - Go get one, you hear ?

I would urge anyone who has not already done so to install a water storage tank and have it connected to the guttering around the house to collect the rainwater for domestic use , such as drinking , showering etc. It can be used for the garden as well but in our instance we have a bore for that purpose.

As you can see from the diagrams they do come in all shapes and sizes.

Water Storage Tanks are not all that expensive and depending on the cost of your water, will be amortized very quickly usually over a couple of years.
There are other advantages in using tank water in that it does not have any of the nasty chemicals added to the water by the authorities.

If you don't want to go to the expense of buying a pump you can place the tank on a stand to give you some pressure. Of course the higher off the ground you raise the tank the more pressure you get at the tap.

Rain Water Tanks Legality

Warning: In many states Rain Water Tanks must be fitted by a licensed Plumber and the run-off connected to the Storm water drainage system.

It is best to first check with your local Water Authority if a Rain Water Collection system is allowed in your area !

Rain Water storage - Bladder

Water Storage Bladder installed under a house.

Water Storage Bladder installed under a house.

Water Storage Various Ways!

Water does not have to be stored just in outside tanks that look ugly and take up too much space.

Water can be stored in underground tanks and to give you some idea have a look at the diagram. This method allows the water to stay reasonably cool in the Summer and is less likely to freeze in the Winter!

Water can also be stored under the house in a double skinned bladder and as you can see by the image the water is collected in the large pipes and is outletted to the pressure sensitive pump to feed the house it's water requirements.

Rain Water Tank - Recycled

Water storage tank (well not any more) Aussie way of recycling.

Water storage tank (well not any more) Aussie way of recycling.

Rain Water Tank - Recycled

Water storage tank now incinerator lid . The Aussie Way

Water storage tank now incinerator lid . The Aussie Way


plumbing on March 23, 2011:

Great blog. Thanks for posting. I've been looking for a site that can give me enough informations about water storage. Thanks that I found this one. I learned something new. Keep posting.

plumbing supplies on March 05, 2011:

Dealing with water storage tanks specially when its residential is a serious job. We need skilled and experienced person to help us out in doing it right. Thanks for this post! You gave us all the reminders needed about tanks.

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Peter (author) from Australia on September 30, 2010:

In Australia it is an expanding niche market, but I feel that the building of the tanks is so very expensive to set up that the big companies, as usual, are at an advantage.

Building custom water storage tanks may be the best option for someone just starting out in the venture!

Trinsick from Cali on September 30, 2010:

I once worked with a guy who was trying to build custom water tanks. He also sold food storage and did really well with that.

Peter (author) from Australia on March 29, 2010:

MyWebs thanks for your great comment! Fortunately for us we are closer to the sea than you guys and the government has seen fit to build a desalination plant (against mine and a lot of other ppls judgment) but it will not come on line for another year or so. I hope that your government is taking the necessary steps to overcome your impending crisis :-)

I still think the answer is in the sky and more should be done to harvest the rain that falls.

Thanks again for your great comment :-)

Anthony Goodley from Sheridan, WY on March 29, 2010:

Very informative hub for anyone considering buying a water shortage tank for their home. Well done.

We have the same water shortage and water restrictions here in Las Vegas as you do. Water is a big issues in the Southwestern part of the USA. Hopefully it is solved before it becomes a real crisis.

Peter (author) from Australia on March 17, 2010:

Dale Mazurek, thanks for the great comment and the list on your Blog.

Dale has done a great blog of good Hubs, I would suggest to anyone to have a look-see.

You do know what an 'expert' is don't you Dale ?


Dale Mazurek from Canada on March 17, 2010:

Looks like you are the resident expert when it comes to water storage tanks.

Another great hub.

Your hub is now listed on my blog.



Peter (author) from Australia on March 10, 2010:

Ben, thanks heaps for the great comment. "grey water" is very big here in Australia especially my city Melbourne. There are many systems available to us , too much for one comment I may do a Hub on the subject. Our state sewage authority has actually set up a water treatment system and is piping out the water in such a quantity that all new estates that are being established have to provide this water to every household for doing just what you suggest in your comment. You may be envious of our 2 acres but man it is a lot of work and we have decided that this year is time to look at downsizing. Even when we downsize we will still be installing Water storage tanks.

Ben Zoltak, Thanks again for your contribution :-)

Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on March 10, 2010:

Always proud to follow another Aussie! Lots of great info hear, I am envious of your two acres, I hope to have that too someday. I was wondering if you ever thought of using "grey" water? That is, rerouting the water from your drains (sinks and tubs) to water your lawn or garden? I know in some parts of the States here they do that where they have water restrictions. Anyway, food for thought. I was really surprised at the number of different tank designs, and that you can drink water gained from your own rain spouts, amazing.

Peter (author) from Australia on February 26, 2010:

oliversmum, wow, you are not getting political on me are you? ;-)

I'm certainly on your side with 'every home should have one' policy. I would vote you PM any time.

(hugs back)

oliversmum from australia on February 26, 2010:

Agvulpes.Hi. This is a great hub.Water shortage is a very big issue in this country, with not enough being done about it by the powers that be.My personal opinion is and will always be that every home has a water storage tank of some discription. Thank you. :) :) (hug)

Peter (author) from Australia on February 22, 2010:

SwiftlyClean, thank you for you kind comment :-)

I believe what you call a 'well' we term a 'bore'.

We also have a bore but do not use it for domestic purposes, although other people on our estate may.

Thanks for dropping by :-)

SwiftlyClean from Texas on February 22, 2010:

Great hub,I have a coutry home and our water supply is a well source and the tanks make great water storage also during bad weather.

Sharon Smith

Peter (author) from Australia on February 21, 2010:

Candie V thanks for your kind words and I also would be worried if the Snow was already melting, signs of an early summer? I heard on the Olympic coverage that the snow was not sufficient in some parts. Is this from Global Warming ?

I'm following up with another Hub on the different shapes and sizes of water storage tanks, so stay tuned!

Candie V thanks again for your kind words :-)

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on February 21, 2010:

I agree, this is an excellent hub!

I love rainwater storage drums! I was looking at the snow pack on the mountains this morning, and it's appearing to be a bit light, so we may be facing the same rationing as you. The weather has warmed up too much too early and we're apt to have early melting/flooding instead of taking us slowly thru the summer.

So your hub is timely and I'm going to look into a water storage system (rain we get lots of!!) Thanks Ag!

Peter (author) from Australia on February 20, 2010:

Darlene, thanks for your kind words . I do agree with you but I guess there are reasons why it is not possible to install a water tank.

Darlene thanks for dropping by and leaving such a lovely comment :-)

Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on February 20, 2010:

Excellent hub, I think this is great advise. Everyone should have a water tank, you never know....thanks

Peter (author) from Australia on February 20, 2010:

earnestshub, thank you very much for the kind comment.

I feel that in certain areas , especially in Australia water will be in short supply and we could be in big trouble if we don't do something about it.

earnestshub from Melbourne Australia on February 20, 2010:

This is not only a good hub, but has a lot of useful information for our dry land. Well done agvulpes.

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