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Rainwater is one of our most precious natural resources, (especially here in Margaret River) which has been collected within Australia since colonial times.
The volume of rainwater collection will vary depending upon location, and the water storage system being utilised.
A vast majority of rural homes are forced to source the majority of their water on their property, with rain water often proving to be a higher quality solution than standard household supply, or from a dam, bore or river.
A major factor of any rain collection system is the process by which the water is literally collected.
Most roofs can be utilised for rainwater collection, however you need to keep in mind the angle of the pipe may need to change depending upon the distance between the tank and the roof.
The style of water consumption will determine the required quality level of the collection system. A consumption example of a lower quality water collection system would be for watering your garden or lawn, or storing water for fire fighting purposes.
Despite this being a low level example, you still need to ensure the system does not involve unsealed asbestos, that vegetation is not hanging over the roof, and the utilization of leaf screens on guttering.
For higher quality consumption requirements, such as drinking water, you need to avoid sections of roof containing lead flashing or asbestos sheeting, and avoid roofs painted with pre 1980 paint.
This style of water collection will be facilitated around the perimeter of your home, with the water being transported underground via a series of PVC pipes to your water storage unit.
When using this kind of water collection system, it is imperative that the pipes are screened with a non-corrosive screen of not more than 1m aperture.
A “wet” system can be converted to a “dry” one using in ground water diverters which would improve the water quality and saving.