Are you considering the installation of a spa or swimming pool at your home? As summertime approaches rapidly again, many people are inclined to invest in this fashion, so that they and their family can make the most of the toasty Australian heat. You may be focused on where to site the pool and how you are going to create its surroundings, but have you thought about how you're going to populate it with water? This is an increasingly scarce and costly commodity, so you need to think outside of the box before you proceed. What option may be best in your case?
Using a Rainwater Tank
In the long, dog days of summer you may not think too much about rainfall and might be planning to automatically fill up your new pool or spa with water from the mains. Certainly, the heat of the sun is going to evaporate water periodically and you'll definitely need to top it up, but you should consider using a different source and specifically a new rainwater tank.
If you have a sizeable roof on your property, then you may be able to collect enough rainwater through the season to help you maintain your pool water levels efficiently. You just need to consider where you are going to put the tank and what type of tank you're going to get, while also paying attention to the method of harvesting.
Keeping Things Clean
Even though rainwater is considered to be the purest form available, you do need to ensure that you keep your rooftop free from leaves, droppings, debris and other elements that could contaminate it. In order to do this you should protect the guttering in particular and make sure that the roof is kept adequately clean from time to time.
Choosing Your Tank
Once you have done this, you need to consider what type of tank you're going to purchase. Many homeowners are opting to get the new slimline tank variety as this has less of a footprint and may fit in around your property more efficiently. Just remember, you have to install this on a concrete base unlike a round water tank, which can be situated on hard standing.
Making Your Plans
Calculate the surface dimensions of your roof and find out from the local authority what the average rainfall is for your location. You will then be able to calculate how much water you can gather by using a rainwater tank, to see if it is going to be enough to help you maintain your pool or spa.