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Where should I locate my water tank?
It might seem obvious, but care needs to be taken to plan out the best site for where you will locate your new Heritage Water Tank. In order to catch water, the tank needs to be located adjacent to the buildings that you intend to use as catchment surfaces, such as your house and or sheds.
However, other factors such as where to locate your fittings, overflow and pump etc can also be critical to getting the best out of your tank. To make sure you get this right, ask your Heritage Water Tanks installation team to advise you regarding this and be sure to communicate where you would like to locate your tank and fittings prior to the day of installation.
- The tank should be located at a level that allows water from your gutters to flow into the tank.
- The flow from gutters to tank is accomplished through gutter downpipes that will run from your gutters and may optionally be plumbed beneath the ground and back up into the top of the tank. When plumbing the downpipes, you must also make sure to seal the pipe joins so you don’t lose any water due to seepage into the ground.
- You may need to consider which side of the tank has the easiest access to vehicles, to allow a water truck to park alongside the tank in the event that it needs to be filled up, or in the event of a fire. In this instance, it will also be important to locate your fire valve fitting accordingly. (Check with your local government authority regarding specific requirements for your area.)
- The access hatch and ladder will also need to be located in this area, to ensure easy access for this purpose.
Where should I locate my tank fittings?
- Fittings connected to your water tank that are intended for connection to your domestic water supply, must be placed a minimum of 100mm from the bottom of the tank. This is to ensure that enough water is available for fire-fighting purposes at all times.
- The location of your fittings is governed by many different site factors. Locate overflow to the side of the tank where you want the excess water to run, usually to ground and away from any buildings.
- Inlets and outlets should be located adjacent to where you want to provide a connection to your home.
- Pumps needs to be located to suit pipework and where there is easy access to power.
What are the Council requirements in my area?
- Requirements for water tanks for domestic supply varies in every State of Australia. It is best that you check with your local Council regarding all local requirements for your area. For example: Be sure to allow enough space between your water tank and home and or sheds, for Fire Access.
- As mentioned, your fire fittings must also be compliant with your local government fire requirements and be located in an area that can be easily accessed by a fire truck in the event that your supply is needed to be accessed for an emergency.
- Please also check with your local government authority as to what the minimum standard is for set-backs from structures on on your property, in order to allow for fire access.
Please be sure to contact us on 1800 115 552 if you have any questions about where best to locate your water fittings.