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Rainwater Use Causes Health Concerns? Rainwater Contamination with Lead and Sludge

May 11, 2022
In Australia, there is a debate on the health of people using harvested rainwater. Earlier this year (2016), at the Rainwater Harvesting Association of Australia (RHAA) seminar in Sydney, a presentation that included recent research by PJ Coombes of Urban Water Cycle Solutions was presented. This article will explore some of the issues presented and the different sides. Sources […]

Site Preparation (Round Tanks)

April 21, 2022
To maximise the life of your tank you can prepare your site as follows: Uniform compaction (free from soft spots) and on level ground Tanks can be either placed on a 75-100mm bed of crusher dust (not sand), levelled, boxed and compacted, OR 100mm thick concrete pad All bases must be at least 200mm greater than the […]

Keeping Your Rainwater Tank’s Water Quality

March 17, 2022
It’s critical to make sure the rainwater that flows into your water tank is filtered and of good quality, especially if it’ll be used for laundry, drinking, or cooking. This post will go over three key points to keep in mind in order to make your water as safe as possible: Rainwater tank – The water […]

Downpipe Rainwater Diverters

February 16, 2022
Downpipe “first flush” water diverters keep roof rainfall from entering your water tank during its initial run-off. Debris and leaves, among other things, are commonly seen in the initial flush of rains. A rainfall diverter can assist keep debris out of your rainwater tank. Features and Benefits Keeps unwanted elements out of your water tank […]

Is it true that the sun shortens the life of poly water tanks?

February 7, 2022
Plastic is used to construct poly water tanks. As the polymer oxidises, plastic objects exposed to direct or indirect sunlight may develop surface chalking. They begin to degrade, become brittle, and shatter over a period of time. The fading of colour is also accelerated by UV rays. As a result, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light […]

How can I tell the difference between a good and a bad water tank?

January 24, 2022
There will be individuals who claim that their product or service is superior and higher quality in every business where a product or service is sold. Whether it’s better quality vegetables in burgers and pizzas or better quality technological products, the adjective “quality” is simple to attach. Some individuals are willing to pay a little […]

Options for storing rainwater on a small property with a small water tank

January 10, 2022
The Urban Development Institute released its State of the Land Report for 2016. The trend of lot sizes of new residential land supply continues to shrink with the new average median lot size now 453 square metres across Australia. This is down by 4.3% over 2015, and down 12.2% since 2010. Quick Facts – Shrinking Lot Sizes […]

Stainless Steel Tanks

January 10, 2022
The term “stainless steel” (sometimes known as “inox steel”) comes from the word “inoxydable.” Unlike other steels, it will not corrode, rust, or discolour when exposed to moisture. A chemical element called chromium is the major distinction between stainless steel and carbon steel. Chromium acts as a shield to prevent neutralised oxygen from penetrating the […]

Getting Ready for Rainwater Harvesting on Your Roof

December 8, 2021
If you own a home or have just built a shed, chances are you’ll want to make use of its rainwater collection capabilities. The optimum answer is to instal a rainwater tank at the end of your roof’s downpipes. This post will offer you information to guarantee that your roof is properly prepared and suited […]

How to Estimate the Amount of Rainfall in Your Area

November 20, 2021
How to Estimate the Amount of Rainfall in Your Area Rainwater collected from rooftops is a high-quality supply of water that may be used for cleaning, toilet flushing, and even safe consumption if care are taken. Knowing how much water you can harvest might impact the amount and size of water tanks you buy when […]

Poor Tank Installation and Misuse: How to Avoid Problems with Your Poly Water Tank

November 10, 2021
The proper preparation and installation of your poly water tank ensure a long and trouble-free life. The majority of poly water tank claims are due to improper installation or overuse. Many issues may have been avoided if the tank owner had followed the instructions that came with the tank. This article looks at some of […]
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Using a Dry System to Connect Pipework to Your Rainwater Tank

August 2, 2018
Installing a rainwater tank would be pointless if it wasn’t connected via pipes to your roof capture area. To harvest rainwater then, you need to connect a pipework to a downpipe from your gutter to your tank that water can flow through. These pipework systems come in two forms: 1) “Dry System” and 2) “Wet System”. This article […]
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Using a Wet System to Connect Pipework to Your Rainwater Tank

August 2, 2018
To harvest rainwater you need to connect pipework to a downpipe from your roof gutter to your tank that water can flow through. Obviously, your tank will remain empty without pipes that lead rainwater into your tank. These pipework systems come in two forms: 1) “Dry Systems” and 2) “Wet Systems”. This article will explain what a Wet […]
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Plumbing Requirements for Water Tanks in New Homes

August 2, 2018
  When installing a rainwater tank and you want to use your harvested water throughout your house, then you will obviously need some plumbing work carried out. Such as: fitting downpipes from your roof to your tank connecting your tank overflow to a stormwater system connecting your tank to a pressure pump, etc. Depending on your location and […]
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Performing a Water Audit to Assess Your Farm Water Requirements

August 2, 2018
  Careful water planning is essential before investing in your farm and costly constructions. If you have a property in rural Australia used for farming, then you will likely discover that you have no access to a mains water supply. Good planning means performing a detailed water audit to know where your water will be […]
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Calculating Your Farm Water Usage Requirements

August 2, 2018
Careful water planning is essential before investing in your farm and costly constructions. This planning means performing a detailed water audit for your farm, calculating your farm water requirements and then working out appropriate water sources that you can tap into. This article is intended to help farmers calculate their water usage needs. Areas of Farm Water Usage While […]
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Calculating the Amount of Rainwater Capturable from Your Roof

August 2, 2018
Rainwater collected from the roofs of your house or sheds provides high quality water that can be a valuable source of drinking water. The volume harvestable is dependent upon your roof catchment area, but can be quite substantial over the course of a year. This article will help you to know how much rainwater you […]
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How Much Water Do Swimming Pools Lose Each Day?

August 2, 2018
Owning a swimming pool is a popular luxury many families love to have. Many find it refreshing to swim and float in their own private swimming area, kids especially love splashing around on the hotter days of the year – sometimes they can’t resist even the colder days! Ever thought about how much water is […]
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Calculating Your Family’s Water Usage Needs When Buying a Tank

August 2, 2018
When looking to install water storage it pays to know how much rainwater your home can harvest, as well as how much water your family consumes. This article will also explore different areas to consider, to better estimate your family’s water usage and decide on how much water storage is ideal. Average Australian Household Water Usage […]
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Plumbing in Your Rainwater Tank for Safe Drinking Water

August 1, 2018
  When it comes to having fresh-tasting rainwater many consider the safety of the water storage materials without much thought to actual plumbing in of their tank. To make certain your water remains of a high quality you need to be on top of your tank fittings, connections and pipes. Safe Tank Fittings and Piping Ensuring safe […]
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How to Leaf and Mosquito-Proof Your Water Tank

August 1, 2018
When you purchase a rainwater tank, and have it plumbed into your house, the last thing you want are leaves or mosquitoes contaminating your tank water. Rainwater diverters can help to collect cleaner water in an efficient manner. They play an important role in filtering dirty rainwater that may otherwise enter your tank. It is […]
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Why Screening Your Rainwater Tank is Important

August 1, 2018
  In order to collect rainwater and use it as part of your property’s water system, your rainwater tank needs to have several holes. These generally consist of: Inflow – a hole in the top of your rainwater tank where the water flows in from piping attached to your roof Overflow – a hole at the top […]
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How to Clean Inside Your Rainwater Tank

August 1, 2018
You want to ensure the rainwater collected in your tank remains clean and fresh, especially if used for washing, cleaning or drinking. Properly maintaining the water quality in your tank also extends the life of your tank pump, water filters and household appliances plumbed into your rainwater. If you have had a rainwater tank for several years, […]
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How to Clean Sludge Out of a Rainwater Tank

August 1, 2018
As part of proper tank maintenance procedures, it is often advised that tanks be inspected inside for sediment build-up at least every two years. This article examines tank sludge, how it gets in your tank and more importantly how you can clean it out should you find it in the bottom of your tank. What […]
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Using Settling Tanks to Improve Your Water Quality

August 1, 2018
When harvesting rainwater from your roof, a dam or river, or an underground bore, it is possible to increase the water quality through utilising two or more tanks. This article will examine settling tank systems – what they are and the benefits they can provide to the quality of water stored in your tank. What is a Settling […]
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Water Tank Installation

August 1, 2018
Correct preparation is essential to ensure a long and trouble-free life for your water tank. Base Preparation Our poly tanks are very strong, but it is nonetheless important to have your tank standing on a flat level compacted base. This can be a concrete slab or crusher dust, but not sand. The base of your […]
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Partially or Fully Burying Poly Water Tanks

August 1, 2018
Burying a water tank is sometimes desirable to reduce their height, or placing them completely underground if you don’t have much surface space. Poly water tanks are the ideal solution, since steel tanks obviously can’t be buried since they will rust and corrode. This article will reveal what you need to know if you wish […]
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How to Choose the Right Water Tank Size

August 1, 2018
There are two approaches that you can take when determining the size of rainwater tank that you need. You will need to decide for yourself which approach is most suitable. Approach #1: The Bigger The Better We have obviously all heard this phrase, when it comes to rainwater tanks. Many in the industry recommend buying […]
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How to Choose Your Water Tank Colour

August 1, 2018
When choosing your rainwater tank, there are a number of things to consider. The more obvious things are what water tank material you should go for, and what size water tank do you need. Most choose food-grade poly rainwater tanks due to their strength, light weight and reasonable price. An advantage to poly tanks is […]
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Poly Water Tank Models – Shapes and Sizes

August 1, 2018
  When it comes to selecting a rainwater tank to purchase you’ll need to choose a particular model type. If you have open spaces on your property, then maybe a large round water tank will be fine. On the other hand, if you don’t have much space then a slimline tank or two joined together might work […]
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Site Preparation and Tank Install

June 13, 2018
Correct site preparation is a must before installing your new Tanks Direct tank and we stress the importance of this to ensure the lasting lifespan of the tank. Below are the correct installation procedures for siting your tank, using the following: Concrete slab Tank stand Above ground on a base of compacted crusher dust to […]
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Tank Delivery

June 13, 2018
Tanks Direct manufacture tanks locally in Ayr, North Queensland and offers delivery services to the Central and Northern areas of Queensland. Delivery Costs Delivery costs are determined by the following: Zone 1 (within 400km) – free water tank delivery Zone 2 (400-600km) – 12% of tank sale price Zone 3 (600km+) – $4.20 per km […]

Product Brochures

June 12, 2018
Tanks Direct provide two different product brochures depending on what you are after. Tanks Product Brochure Download PDF (1.3 MB) Farm Products Download PDF (533 KB) Rainwater Tanks Download PDF (533 KB)

Tank Colour Range

June 12, 2018
You can purchase a Tanks Direct tank in the following colours: Note: Colours shown are indicative only. Please refer to the manufacturer’s colour chips for accurate colour representation.

Water Tank Benefits

June 12, 2018
Tanks Direct tanks are packed with features: Guaranteed one piece Roofs not cut off for transportation Ribbed side walls Greater structural integrity Self-supported roofs No internal poles or frames No vertical side seams Tanks won’t split or crack Food-grade polyethylene For safe drinking water Not all polyethylene tanks are the same! Our water tanks offer superior quality […]

Water Tank Inclusions

June 12, 2018
With every water tank purchase you will receive: Stainless steel mosquito-proof screen – stops leaves and debris entering into your tank. Stainless steel mosquito-proof overflow – stops frogs and mosquitoes entering tank. Algae-free cover top – stops sunlight entering tank and keeps water algae free. Brass outlet and valve – allowing you to access your tank rainwater on tap.