Rainwater tanks are beneficial for several reasons - they can reduce your water bills, give you an alternative supply during area-wide droughts and they can also greatly benefit your garden. Not to mention, it is a great way to reduce your environmental impact. What’s not to love? There are lots of different options on the marketplace, so there’s plenty to choose from.
Once you’ve made the great decision to get one, it can be difficult to know where to what size to get, what type to invest in and most of all, where to place it. To get the placement of your water tank right, you should take five, main things into consideration:
- How it will look.
- How it will it fit.
- Connection to the pump and plumbing system.
- Your local laws and regulations.
- Connecting it to your pipework.
How it will look.
Obviously, a major concern or factor in your decision making process will be how it’s going to affect the aesthetics of your home and garden, and you’re probably wondering how to make it look as inconspicuous as possible. Most rainwater tanks come in dark green or blue colours so they don’t attract too much attention but there are ways you can place it to make sure it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb!
One of the main things you can do when placing your tank to conceal it better is to place it on a side of your home which guests and passers-by can’t see, whether they are driving past or walking near your home. Hiding it in a blind spot is one way to place your water tank which will draw less attention to it. You can also cover it with a stylish fence or lattice, covered with some plants.
How will it fit.
Aside from the aesthetic concern when placing your rainwater tank, you should obviously take the size of the space and the tank into consideration. There is no point planning to place the tank somewhere where there is not sufficient space for the tank and for anyone to access it. Note the measurements and dimensions of the tank and then take a measuring tape to your garden, ensuring that any possible space is big enough to accommodate the tank. This is, of course, a good thing to have done in advance before you purchase the tank - you want to make sure you buy one that will fit well into your space. After all, it is easier to size down/up on a tank than a property!
Connection to the pump and plumbing system.
When placing your tank, you need to think about your plumbing system and where most of your rainwater will be going. If the water will primarily be used in the kitchen, then it would make sense to place the tank in a space near the kitchen to save energy and plumbing work. Similarly, if the water will be used in your garden only, then consider placing it somewhere central in the garden.
A top tip for placing your tank to ease access to the pump and the plumbing system is to locate it on a slope, if possible. The gravity will aid the flow of water down from the tank and into your plumbing system - which will ultimately save energy.
Your local laws and regulations.
Some councils have rules about where you place your rainwater tank which should of course be taken into consideration when deciding where it’s going to go. Most regulations relate to the setback conditions (which dictate how far into your property the tank must be) as well as regulations about how apparent it is.
Connecting it to your pipework.
Rainwater tanks work by storing water caught in pipes on your roof, which eventually run down and into the tank. Placing your tank close to one of these main pipes will save a lot of time and effort and help the tank blend in to your property more. Placing the tank far away from the downpipes will involve a lot of extra (and unnecessary) pipework to make sure that the water feeds into the tank. This will not only increase the price, but also the installation time and aesthetic effect on your property.