Let’s see, let’s see… Where to start with anything… Well you start at the beginning of course! When you’re doing site or building works around your property it can be difficult to know just what to look at first – and the same goes with installing a water tank.
Do you seek out a particular water tank design first? (And, more importantly, who designs water tank systems?)
Ask friends and family about their experiences?
Do you look at water tank suppliers?
Forget about it and pretend it isn’t happening and binge watch episodes of Friends instead? (This one is my personal favourite)
Well, look, to be honest, you can start at any one of these different entrance points. It’s preferable, I suppose, no to start with the last one, no matter how much you ship Ross and Rachel. So let’s take a look at each of them.
Seeking out a water tank design is a good first step. There are plenty of different water tank system designs out there, so having a bit of a hunt around for the one that sounds like it’s going to be right for you is a good idea. For instance, while the NSW government’s BASIX website recommends you don’t use rainwater tank water for drinking if you already have a clean town water supply (for safety reasons), that doesn’t mean that you can’t install a system for drinking water. Will you get an above ground tank made from aluminium or a concrete in ground water tank? Do you want more than one tank? Where do you want to collect the run off from? There are many questions that go into the design phase. These can be answered with the help of Google searches and chatting to professionals.
How about asking your family and friends then? Well, there is no reason not to go ahead and ask your family, friends, and co-workers whether they have water tanks and if they do, who they got them from and their experiences so far. There is nothing better than getting first hand recommendations from those that have been down the same path as you have before. This way you will know what to expect, and it will help the process come along that much more quickly.
Water tank suppliers are also a great choice of people to talk to about installing a water tank. Although they will be a little salesy (unlike your family and friends), they will really know their stuff and will be able to talk you through the whole process. Most tank suppliers have people that can come out and take a look at your site to help gauge what you will need. They’ll be able to tell you the items you’ll need, what it will take to install everything, as well as an approximate cost for the whole setup. Unless they are purely a stock company, they may even have contractors that will come out and install the tank for you too. If you are getting a below ground tank, then the excavation may be a service they offer, or they will be able to point you in the direction of a company they trust to do a good job of it.
There are plenty of ways to start out with installing a water tank – there is no need to be overwhelmed just because you have had zero involvement with anything like this before in your life. Just do the one foot in front of the other thing for a little while, and before you know it you’ll have the whole tank system installed and ready to go.