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Maintaining your Rainwater Harvesting System

Whether your rainwater collection system is a single tank system for collecting water for the garden and non-potable uses, or a full scale municipal switch-over system that is connected to a filtration system and provides filtered water to your home or business, one thing is certain – a Rainwater Harvesting System needs to be maintained.

Keeping an eye on it does not only mean that your equipment lasts longer, but is an easy way to protect the quality of your water. A simple task can make an easy job even easier and with very little effort. Here are 3 important steps you can take to ensure the quality of your water:

1. Roof maintenance

Your roof is the first step in your Rainwater Harvesting System. It is pretty much where it all starts. Keeping your roof clean will prevent filth from building up and contaminating your water. Our first-flush system is designed to prevent the first runoff of the rain going to your tank, as this water is generally full of debris and impurities. Once the initial runoff has been diverted from your tank the system starts collecting the clean rainwater. If you have recently, painted, sealed or used a roof cleaning service then it is a good idea to let the first rainfall pass uncollected so your water remains chemical free.

2. A clean gutter is a healthy gutter

Depending on where you live, gutters should be checked on a regular basis. If you live in an area with a lot of overhanging vegetation, then gutters should be checked and cleaned more often opposed to areas with fewer trees. Always check and clean gutters before the rainy season and at least once or twice during the season to ensure they remain clean.

3. Check your rainwater harvesting tank

Water storage tanks should be fully emptied and cleaned at least once every five years. Clean using eco-friendly products that contain little to no chemicals. It is also important to maintain the area around the tank. A clean area around your tank will help prevent damage occurring to your tank and help keep unexpected bugs or contaminants from entering your water supply.

Following these steps will improve the quality of your entire system.

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