ACCESSORIZE YOUR TANK
So the good news is that you’ve joined all the eco-warriors and installed a JoJo tank in your garden saving the planet, saving money and greening your home! But that’s not the end of the story! Installing the right water tank accessories will help improve the quality of the water you get from your water tank.
The water journey starts when the rain starts flowing into the gutters. If you do not keep them clean, leaves will collect and decay, find their way through the downpipe and into your tank where water quality will be compromised. (Clogged gutters also mean that water can't pass quickly enough and gutters will overflow). Installing a self-shedding Leafeater® (a compact high performance rain head) from Wetec between the gutter and the downpipe will solve these problems. Fitted screens in the Leafeater® direct debris away from the tank and the filtered water into the tank.
Your second line of defense in improving water quality is to install Wetec’s first flush diverter. The diverter captures the first rain coming down and directs it out of the tank and onto the ground preventing the 'first-flush' of water that normally carries the bulk of dirt, pollens, bird droppings etc., from going into the water tank.
Finally, now that you've got all that beautiful, high-quality water flowing into your tank, just how much water is in there? If you'd like to know, then fit a tank level gauge. A pocket-friendly basic gauge can be fitted onto the tank, alternatively for a more sophisticated option, look at a remote wireless monitor.
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WHY YOU SHOULD BET ON A WATER TANK THIS SUMMER
The conservation of water is being seen in a new light all over the world. As people become increasingly aware of water as a threatened natural resource, they are not only looking at rainwater harvesting but also at alternatives such as greywater harvesting, to reduce the growing pressures on this fragile natural resource.
Greywater is generated every day in every household as opposed to rainwater that is seasonal. In fact, almost 60% of household water is re-usable as grey water and various studies show that a typical family of 4 generates between 2688 and 4816Lt of grey water every single week of the year!
This makes greywater harvesting and recycling a reliable replacement water source option for tasks such as washing cars and driveways, watering lawns and gardens and flushing toilets that really do not require quality drinking water.
Educating customers on the value of greywater harvesting will not potentially save thousands of litres of drinking water a year (not to mention the positive impact on their water bills!) but will also provide them with a powerful motivation to purchase a JoJo Tank thereby increasing tank sales!
The simplest greywater system consists of gravity feeding water to an underground sump (this could be a 50Lt JoJo drum placed in an enclosure with an inspection cover) where it passes through a macro filter to remove hair fluff and lint and is immediately pumped or drip-irrigated into the garden. With this system the greywater must be utilised within 24 hours. If stored for longer, it changes into blackwater, developing an offensive odour and becoming foul.
BUT there is a more sophisticated system within which the 750Lt JoJo Slimline™ tank plays a key role.
With this system, the water is pumped into an above ground 750Lt JoJo Slimline™ tank from the 50Lt JoJo drum, passing through a Venturi valve, that injects ozone into the greywater, cleaning, disinfecting and oxidizing all impurities. This system allows greywater storage for a much longer period of time which makes it more practical and user friendly. A pressure booster pump attached to the tank, can pump the water to an irrigation system.
WHAT IS GREYWATER?
Greywater is deﬁned as the “waste” water generated from showers, baths and hand basins in the bathrooms and washing machine water.
If this grey water is used properly by using a grey water treatment system then this water can be recycled and re-used around the home again and again.
Greywater does NOT include water from the toilets, kitchen/ scullery sinks or dishwasher. This water is classiﬁed as black water.