News & Product Updates
New Slimline Rain Head – Available Now
The Slimline Rain Head has been designed to blend into the architecture of your home. It will discretely fit in alignment with a house post.
The Slimline features an easy removable filter body which contains a mosquito proof stainless steel screen and a red overflow indicator which will pop out alerting when maintenance is needed. The enclosed product also allows for high water flow capture during rainfall.
For further details CLICK HERE or contact us on 1800 06 77 44.
Guidance on the use of rainwater harvesting systems
Wanting to find out more about rainwater harvesting systems. The below link provides an overview of water quality, health and operational aspects of rainwater harvesting systems, and proposes a set of guidelines for the installation and operation of these systems.
by Associated Professor Peter Coombes
Falling dams and fire bans, time to check your rainwater tank
11th November 2014
The scorching Australian summer is coming back and it is time to check the rain water harvesting system.
The Bureau of Meteorology forecast is for a warmer and drier summer across Australia, Queensland and northern NSW are in drought, total fire bans are out already and, importantly the full water storages of 2011/12 are dwindling.
After the millennium drought, one in four households own a rainwater harvesting system. This local supply of high quality water provides relief from water restrictions, saves water and helps the environment.
Research shows that maintenance of rainwater systems improves water quality and the amount of rainwater harvested. Here are five things you can do to make sure your rainwater harvesting system is running smoothly coming into the warmer months.
- Check your roof and rainwater collection systems
Have you cleaned and checked the gutters, downpipes, first flush diverters and leaf filters between the roof and your tank? This is important to collect rainwater and to minimise organic material in your tank. Organic material may block your pump and automatic switching device and cause water discoloration and odour.
- Check your pump and switching device
Is your pump switching on and working properly? If the automatic switching device is blocked you may be receiving town water even if there is water in your tank.
- Check your roof material
Is there lead flashing on your roof? Lead is poisonous and needs to be painted or removed to protect water quality, even if you are not drinking the rainwater.
- Check the tank is sealed from sunlight and mosquito entry
Sunlight entry into tanks will allow algae growth, causing water discoloration and odour. Check your tank is light sealed and mosquito and animal proof by ensuring inlets and overflow outlets are covered by mosquito proof mesh.
- Connect rainwater to more appliances
The water savings from toilets and washing machines are often greater than from garden irrigation because they are used all year round. Once you have invested in a rainwater harvesting system why not get the most out of it?
You will find a rainwater tank in 26% of households in Australia, two million people mostly in rural areas drink out of them every day and rain harvesting is an estimated wholesale $400 million dollar annual industry.
If you need some help maintaining your rainwater harvesting system, information about system maintenance or getting the most out of your system visit www.rainwaterharvesting.org.au
Making sure your water supply is safe
29th October 2014
Last month, nearly 50 residents in the Rosa Parks Estate in Lower Chittering, WA noticed that their tap water smelt and tasted like smoke after the Shire sanctioned the burn off of pine tree residue, which blew ash and smoke onto the roofs and gutters of homes. Rain followed shortly after that washed the contaminants into the resident’s rainwater tanks causing the smell and taste.
Robert Hawes, the president of the Shire said that he hoped the incident would not happen again but urged residents to adapt their rainwater systems to prevent future contamination. “One of the measures which can be taken on board is to have a trap on the downpipes from the guttering on the roofs so that the first flush of rain can be dumped rather than going into the water tank,” he said
Although the incident was a once off occurrence, it shows the importance of first flush diversion in rainwater systems. First Flush Water Diverters are either installed on each downpipe that feeds water to a rainwater tank or in-ground or post/wall mounted once all pipes have come together prior to entering the rainwater tank. First Flush Diverters work by isolating that initial flush of water, which often contains contaminates from the roof and/or gutters, seals it off in a diverter chamber, and diverts the remaining clean, contaminant free water to the rainwater tank.
More information on First Flush Diverters can be found here.
Rainwater Rebate for Victorians
2nd October 2014
The Living Victoria Water Rebate Program has been funded as a part of the Sustainability Fund by the Victorian Government Department of Environment and Primary Industries to provide a rebate to domestic homes connected to an urban reticulated water supply, for water efficient products and appliances for use around the home and garden. The program has been designed to help households reduce operating costs and water consumption and make it easier for homeowners to afford and install water saving measures. This program will also help to ease the pressure of the drinking water supply, and help to become a more sustainable community. The rebate program also includes self-supplied homes (not connected to a mains water supply) has now been extended to included items purchased and installed between 1st July 2012 and 30th June 2015.
Homeowners can receive one rebate for each of the core products during the rebate timeframe. The Core products include; rainwater tanks (that are connected to a toilet and/or a laundry), selected washing machines, pool covers with a roller or wheel, water efficient showerheads, dual flush toilets, garden products and other systems of reusing household waste water – such as a permanent grey water system. More information can be found on the Living Victoria Rebate Program information sheet – http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/176280/HG-Brochure_2012-15_Final.pdf
Rebate claims can be made by filling in the appropriate claim forms at www.water.vic.gov.au or by phoning the Department of Sustainability and Environment on 136 186. Claim forms are also available from local plumbing suppliers, hardware or garden stores.
Small businesses can also take advantage of The Living Victoria Water Rebate Program, and are eligible to receive up to $2000 in rebates to improve water efficiency and install the right products of mix of products. More information can be found on the Department of Environment and Primary Industries website – http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/water/saving-water/water-rebate-program/small-business-rebates/small-business-rebates-eligible-products
Making the most out of your Rainwater Harvesting System
9th July 2014
With the recent changes to the Toowoomba Regional Council’s mandatory rainwater tank installation on new properties, there are a few things you should consider to maximise your investment and ensure you are collecting and storing the cleanest rainwater possible.
The most important part of any rainwater collection system is pre-filtration. These devices improve water quality, protect pumps and household appliances, and reduce tank maintenance by keeping leaves, debris and other pollutants out of the rainwater tank.
Rain Heads are ideal for fitting to each downpipe as they are self-cleaning, keep leaves and debris from entering your rainwater system and protect your home from overflowing eaves. You can now upgrade your existing Leaf Eater or Leaf Beater rain head with an Upgrade Screen. These Upgrade Screens incorporate the single screen technology to ensure that debris is directed away from the flow of water and off the rain head’s screen.
First Flush Water Diverters improve water quality, reduce tank maintenance and protect pumps by preventing the first flush of water, which may contain contaminants (for example dust, bird droppings, debris) from the roof, from entering the tank. This unique device uses a ball and seat system and catches this first flush of water into a diverter chamber. The floating ball rises to the top of the chamber and pushes up against the seat to block off the chamber. The remaining clean water then flows directly into your tank. The full range of First Flush Diverters empty themselves and reset automatically, ready for the next downpour.
Tank Screens are important to ensure that mosquitoes and pests do not enter the tank. A tank screen must include a non-corrosive screen of not more than 1mm aperture. To aid with maintenance, Rain Harvesting has developed the Tank Guardian Easy-Clean. This additional screen fits securely into an existing tank screen and has an easy grip handle to easily remove debris when required.
Rainwater filters such as the Triple Action Filtration System provide filtration of fine sediments (down to 15 micron), colour and odour in the one cartridge and are ideal for rainwater tanks supplying water to the home for toilets and laundry use.
It is important to know how much water is in your tank at any given time – particularly if your plumbing system is supplemented with rainwater. The Wireless Tank Gauge will tell how you how much water is in your tank from up to 100m from the tank. The Wireless Tank Gauge uses a solid float system (does not rely on ultrasonic beams like some other gauges), and is suitable for all vented tanks up to 3 metres tall.
More for information on the Complete Rain Harvesting System – click here.
Additional information on the new requirements within the Toowoomba region can be found on the Toowoomba Regional Council website.
Toowoomba Regional Council: Changes to legislation regarding the installation of rainwater tanks for new dwellings
30th June 2014
The Minister for Housing and Public Works has recently granted Toowoomba Regional Council’s request for mandatory rainwater tanks and water saving measures in new dwellings and commercial buildings within the reticulated town water area effective from 1st September 2014. Collecting rainwater not only saves money, but contributes to a sustainable community by providing supplementary water supplies.
What does this mean for new homeowners within the boundaries of Toowoomba Regional Council?
If your property is a new class 1 building on a block of greater than 250m², you will be required to install a rainwater tank with a minimum capacity of 5000 litres. You will also be required to collect rainwater from at least 50% of your roof area or 100m² (whichever is lesser), and have this rainwater plumbed to service toilets, washing machine and at least one outdoor tap within your home.
If your property is a new class 5-9 commercial building, you will be required to collect rainwater from at least 50% of the roof area. This rainwater is to be collected into a tank with a minimum capacity of 3000 litres per 100m² of catchment area. The rainwater is to be plumbed to service toilets, all wash downs areas and outdoor taps.
Maximise your investment and collect the highest quality rainwater
To ensure you are collecting the cleanest possible rainwater, the use of Rain Heads and First Flush Water Diverters as pre-filtration devices is recommended. These devices improve water quality, protect pumps and household appliances, and reduce tank maintenance by keeping leaves, debris and other pollutants out of the rainwater tank.
It is also important that your roof and gutters are checked and cleaned every 3 to 6 months. This will ensure that your rainwater is free of leaves and debris. A gutter guard such as Blue Mountain Mesh 2mm Superfine mesh, with its ski-slope design is ideal for keeping this debris out of your rainwater system whilst also being ember guard complaint.
Additional information on the new requirements can be found on the Toowoomba Regional Council website.