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Water

Water Harvesting

Just as we can capture and use the energy from the sun, you can harvest and use stored rainwater at any time to water the garden, wash the car, flush the loo and top up the pool and, and it's free!

Almost 40% of homes in Queensland have a rainwater tank. These can be simple free standing, collecting rain from your gutters and roof tops with an overflow pipe and a tap, or can be connected to your toilets and washing machine, with the ability to be automatically topped up by mains water when rain is scarce.

Choose a tank that suits your needs and the size of your home and family.  There are many options for water storage, you can store under the house in space-saving bladders or find a metal or polyethylene tank that compliments your home. Talk to a Living Smart Solutions supplier who can discuss options so you can make a choice that is right for your household.

Importantly, learn how to maximise the use of your tanks, in example;

As a guide, running your hose at maximum capacity can use up to 20 litres per minute, so a full 1000-litre tank will provide around 50 minutes of hosing.
Source: Rainwater Tanks

Rainwater tanks are regulated through the councils' building/plumbing approval processes.

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If you have a tank, take the time to record the size and how full it currently is. Using the information provided caclulate what this equates to in hosing time (unregistered activity).
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