Garry and Louise Stephenson, owners of Healthy Water Tanks say there are a few key things for local rainwater tank owners to remember at this time of year:
• Smelly water: If your water has been sitting around for a while because you’ve been away, it may become smelly from sitting in the pipes and not moving. To get the water moving run every tap in the house to flush the lines. If this doesn’t work, the water may be smelly from pollen sitting in the tank and then heating up in hot weather. Any sludge on the bottom of the tank, mixing with the pollen, will create smelly water. In this instance, a full service clean is needed where the water is drained and the walls scrubbed, vacuumed and rinsed; then a fresh load of water delivered.
• Availability of water top ups: It is good at present, but the longer it is dry, the longer the wait lists get. We recommend that people pre-book with their water carrier. Watercare appear to be keeping up with demand, other than occasional technical issues closing sites temporarily. There have been no station shut downs or flow rate decreases on the coast – yet! • Filtration: We always recommend UV filtration – remember when you are catching water off the roof, anything that poops, or even dies, on there heads into your water tank. • Rodents and other creatures: Make sure your water tanks have no entry points for animals because this is the time of year they go looking for water. Check inlet pipe holes, gaps, ensure lids fitting properly. They can get in even the tiniest of gaps.