The Australian family household uses an average of 275,000
litres of water each year. Unfortunately, nearly half of
it goes down the toilet. To make it worse, people pay for the privilege when
they can get their supply for free. Rainwater tanks
can store water for many of the tasks the mains water supply is used for:
flushing the toilet, watering the garden, doing the laundry, and washing the
car. If there's ever a fire close by, it could even be a lifesaver.
Monday, 21 December 2015
Thursday, 17 December 2015
Corrugated water tanks are specially-designed for collecting rainwater and storing it for everyday use, whether you want to help the environment at your commercial organisation or save money at home. These environmentally-friendly tanks are a popular choice due to their long life and durability.
Tuesday, 15 December 2015
It is said that about half of the water used in an average home in Perth or anywhere else in Western Australia ends up as waste water. Considering problems like droughts and climate change that are threatening the state’s water supply, this is a huge concern. One of the most viable solutions to this issue is rainwater harvesting. According to the Australian Department of Health, 19 per cent of households across the nation use rainfall collected in their water tanks for various applications. While this practice in itself is already saving precious water, there are other ways to further maximise the usage of rainwater in your home.
Monday, 14 December 2015
Mosquitoes can breed in any kind of standing water in your home. Larvae or wigglers are the last thing you would want to find in your water tank whenever you want a refreshing drink or clean water for cooking. These insects, tiny as they are, bear illnesses ranging from dengue to the dreaded malaria. Even if you are not consuming the water from your tank, you’ll still need to keep these mosquitoes and other insects out to maintain water quality at ideal levels. Here are a few easy steps to keep water tanks in Perth and elsewhere in WA mosquito free.
Sunday, 13 December 2015
Rainwater is a free resource you can use for a variety of non-drinking purposes, and rainwater tanks are the most effective way to collect water from the sky in large volumes. If you’ve been exploring the Perth market for your home’s first rainwater tank, you probably already have the material, capacity, and shape in mind. The next thing to figure out is where to place such a big container. Here are factors you should consider: 1. Local regulations. Councils usually impose certain restrictions on tank placement, particularly on issues of overshadowing (as tanks can run several metres high) and boundaries. Additionally, if your tank exceeds 10k litres, some form of planning permission is typically involved. Check local government rules and regulations first before purchasing a tank and know under what conditions you can be exempted.
Saturday, 12 December 2015
“A penny saved is a penny earned”—the same principle is true for businesses. If you think about it, reducing your daily utility expenses can be just as good as increasing your revenue. One area where you can gain significant savings from is water use. For small-scale hospitality businesses in Perth such as hotels, restaurants, bars, and resorts, rainwater harvesting is a practical and eco-friendly way to protect one’s income stream from rising water costs. You can notice a difference in your bottom line the moment you install rainwater tanks and connect them to your plumbing system for non-drinking purposes such as flushing the toilet, washing cars, watering gardens, and supplying sporting grounds, as well as for cleaning pavements.
Friday, 11 December 2015
Collected rainwater can be used for a wide variety of uses, but can it be made safe for drinking? The answer is yes. How? By filtering and purifying it with the best technology available in Perth. Different contaminants—air pollution, debris, algae, sand, dust, and even animal excrement—can pollute water. Local water suppliers have dealt with these issues for decades using different filtration and purification equipment processes. Thanks to advances in technology, these equipment and processes have been brought down to an economical level, allowing homeowners like you to have them in your home.
Thursday, 10 December 2015
Raised garden beds are a great way to grow a wide range of plants. In Perth, these structures are especially popular for growing fruits and vegetables. That said, expert gardeners agree that building up the soil is the single most important thing you can do to achieve a fruitful yield. Lush, organically rich soil promotes healthy and extensive roots with better ability to access nutrients and water. The result: abundant and flourishing above-ground growth. Take note of these simple steps for ensuring healthier soil in your raised garden bed. Add compost Compost is the best amendment that planting soil can receive, which is why many gardeners keep compost piles to hand in their gardens. Compost contains the organic nutrients that plants need, thereby improving yield. Add compost to your soil during the beginning of spring and autumn.
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
Gardens traditionally have a decorative function. You fill your yard with colourful flowers, accentuate them with ornamental grasses and place other embellishments like statues or bird baths. If your garden only serves aesthetic purposes, though, why not make it more useful? Many households have since converted their manicured lawns and gardens into versatile and sustainable spaces that are also aesthetically pleasing. These gardens help save water and other natural resources, enable homeowners to grow organic produce and help make natural fertilisers readily available. Sustainable gardens also attract bugs and birds that are beneficial to flora. If you plan to push through with this home improvement, you will no doubt find water tanks and certain accessories rather instrumental in the creation and preservation of an eco-friendly garden.
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Considering the rising costs of utilities and the burden placed on the environment by the growing population, products and projects that are eco-friendly understandably hold much practical appeal to environmentally conscious consumers. Savvy Perth homeowners who want to make their abodes more “green” can benefit from water tanks, native gardens and other Earth-friendly makeover ideas. A Bit of “Outback Chic” Through Rainwater Collection Australians who wish to have an alternative and sustainable clean water source can install water tanks that allow them to take advantage of the rainy seasons and the occasional rainy days throughout the year. A rainwater tank of ample capacity can help each household reduce its reliance on mains water, save on water bills, and practice sustainability every day.
Monday, 7 December 2015
If you live in any area of Western Australia where there is limited access to water reservoirs or mains, it makes sense to install a rainwater collection and storage system in your home. Throughout the state, installing rainwater tanks can also be a practical home improvement that will save you money and help you conserve natural resources. Are you planning to have water tanks installed in your home in Perth, WA? Here are some of the details that need to be mapped out beforehand: Location If it rains frequently in your area, smaller tanks would be fine since they get refilled regularly. Conversely, bigger tanks in larger numbers are better if the average rainfall in your community is low. Bigger tanks also give you access to a large store of emergency water, which is particularly useful if your area is prone to bushfires or drought.
Sunday, 6 December 2015
Rainwater harvesting grows in importance, especially in areas vulnerable to drought such as Perth. With water costs and demand on the rise, more companies are turning to these systems to supplement the water needs of their facilities. The collected water is then used for any and all water needs—from irrigation to consumption and beyond. Rainwater collection in Sydney’s Wetherill Park Stockland, Australia’s largest property group, was recently awarded a 5 Star Green Star – Retail Centre Design rating by the Green Building Council of Australia for its Wetherill Park shopping centre redevelopment in Sydney’s western suburbs. Among the major reasons cited for the award was the shopping centre’s use of rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing. The move is expected to reduce the centre’s potable water consumption by five kilolitres a day.
Saturday, 5 December 2015
Rainwater is safe for most household uses. Although some studies have shown that roof-harvested rainwater is generally potable, government agencies advise to avoid drinking the water unfiltered, as there are certain risks associated with it. Remember that rainwater comes in contact with various surfaces (roof, gutters, etc.) before it reaches your tank, not to mention the fact that it could already be carrying hazardous contaminants and pathogens such as the following: Bacteria Most pathogenic bacteria found in rainwater come from human and animal matter. Variables such as the specific type of bacteria and the strength of an individual’s immune system will determine if he or she will get sick from drinking untreated rainwater.
Thursday, 3 December 2015
Raised garden beds are an effective method of gardening as they minimise the need to till, amend and weed. These structures are quick to assemble and easy to maintain. They can even be designed to water themselves via drip irrigation. If you plan to garden in raised beds at your Perth home, there is no other watering system that will save you time and improve your results as effectively as drip irrigation. The time and money you spend building an elaborate drip irrigation system will be returned many times over.
Friday, 6 November 2015
Any rainwater tank used to harvest rainwater at home needs to be maintained properly to ensure optimal water quality. People who are using their water tanks in Perth or any other part of Australia for drinking especially need to keep their rainwater collection systems in good condition through regular inspection. According to the Health Department of the Australian Government, these key components need to be inspected at least every six months.
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
Many parts of Western Australia experience arid weather and a lack of rainfall. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, WA had only 406 mm of average rainfall last year, which is rather low compared to Australia’s overall average of 465 mm. For this reason, many West Australians, particularly those in Perth, find it not only convenient but also necessary to install water tanks in their homes.
Monday, 2 November 2015
In a world where the effects of climate change are increasingly felt, the need for environmentally responsible and sustainable practices cannot be overstated. To this end, a few municipalities in Perth, WA impose restrictions on non-essential water use (such as the use of sprinklers to maintain lawns) and strictly enforce conservation measures whenever local reservoirs fall below optimal levels. Homeowners are also proactively adopting greener gardening practices.
Saturday, 31 October 2015
With the right plant selection and proper care, your backyard can be a great source of fresh produce and organic ingredients. Instead of tending to purely decorative grasses and flowers, consider growing vegetables and planting fruit-bearing shrubs, herbs, and edible plants. You can even rotate your crops every season to take advantage of the weather and enjoy various delightful treats all year-round.
Thursday, 29 October 2015
Water conservation is one of the most important environmental issues today. As clean water becomes scarcer, especially in times of drought, people try to find ways to get clean water wherever they can. Most people rely on water utility companies, but there has been a growing interest in generating clean water by harvesting it from rain.
Monday, 26 October 2015
Whether you are new to raised bed gardening or already a pro, you can always use a few tips on soil conditioning and maintenance. Like any garden soil, you need to restore the depleted nutrients in the soil of your raised garden beds. Although you can always add organic fertilisers, they’re not an end-all-be-all answer to your soil quality. Soil in raised garden beds typically needs to be replaced after a few years, but by following the tips below, you won’t have to replace your soil at all.
Thursday, 20 August 2015
With a bit of creativity, you can reduce your water consumption and household expenses. For starters, you may want to take quick showers, do the laundry less frequently, and cut back on watering the garden. You should also make sure all taps are shut off when not in use, have the plumbing system maintained accordingly, and consider replacing your fixtures with water-efficient ones, especially when you detect leaks with regularity. Additionally, you can reuse some of the water you’ve already used. This grey water can be collected and recycled for non-drinking activities in the house. An even better option is to harvest rainwater, a valuable resource that can supplement your mains supply and help you save on your monthly water bill.
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than 10 per cent of homes in Western Australian (WA) have rainwater tanks installed. Sturdy water tanks in WA enable households to wash cars, tend to their gardens, or even fill their pools when water is scarce. In addition, the use of rainwater tanks reduces the stress on stormwater systems. With the appropriate devices, rainwater stored in tanks can be fit for drinking and cooking. With this in mind, be sure to select the right treatment systems and the proper sanitation techniques if you want to have a supplemental or alternative water supply.
Sunday, 16 August 2015
A lot of home builders, renovation companies, and other contractors recommend the addition of rainwater tanks in Perth homes as a sustainability best practice. These tanks are used in conjunction with other rainwater collecting equipment, including the roof, gutters, downpipes, pumps, filtration machines and distribution systems. With sturdy rainwater tanks in place, households can harvest rainwater and use it for a variety of domestic purposes. Domestic Use One rainwater tank or a set of tanks can easily be set up in the backyard or some other section of the property. The harvested water can be filtered and left non-chlorinated for use in watering the lawns or gardens, washing cars, flushing the toilet, and doing the laundry. A more thorough disinfecting treatment can be used to make the water fit for drinking. Such a system can collect and save you as much as 100,000 litres of water annually.
Saturday, 15 August 2015
Rainwater is a free and renewable resource that you can tap to live a sustainable and less wasteful life. Indeed, for more than 3,000 years, various civilizations have been harvesting rainwater as a secondary water source. When you collect this valuable resource and store it in tanks, you can reduce your utility costs and dependence on mains water to a significant degree. That’s because rainwater tanks have the potential to supply all your water needs, even drinking.
To maximise the benefits of rainwater tanks, here are some tips you may want to consider:
The size of any rainwater tank you choose will depend heavily on where you intend to place it and what the water you collect will be used for. To identify the proper tank size for your needs, consult a qualified contractor.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Ultraviolet (UV) water purification is the most effective technique for disinfecting water. UV rays destroy 99.99 per cent of the harmful pathogens and illness-causing microorganisms in your home’s water. When partnered with inlet, first-flush, and in-line filters, a UV system is exceptionally effective in making your water safe for a variety of purposes, even drinking. Why do I need UV purification for my water? Disinfection is recommended for water that comes from non-municipal water sources, such as rainwater tanks. The water collected from roof runoff, after all, may come into contact with various contaminants that could make you ill. UV systems are highly effective in treating water, and by using them, you can ensure the safety of your household water supply.
Monday, 10 August 2015
Raised garden beds, as their name suggests, are higher than ground level and filled with soil kept in place by a frame. You can grow any vegetable in a raised garden bed, not to mention flowers, herbs, berry bushes, and shrubs. Here are some of the advantages of raised bed gardening. Reduced back strain Raised garden beds reduce the amount of work your body does because you won’t have to bend too far to reach the plants. Thanks to easier access and a lower potential for pain, you’ll enjoy your gardening activities better as you plant, tend to your garden, and harvest the ‘fruits’ of your labour.
Thursday, 25 June 2015
The use of water tanks in Perth to collect rainwater may help cut your water bills, serve as an alternative source of clean water in times of drought, and help save the environment. Depending on tank size and climate, rainwater harvesting can replace mains water use by as much as 100 percent. This, in turn, can help reduce water infrastructure operation costs, protect remaining environmental flows in rivers, and make existing dams and desalination plants more efficient. Rainwater collected from a well-built and well-maintained water tank system can be suitable for many domestic uses, including drinking. Bear in mind, however, that tank systems need to have additional features like first flush devices and UV filters to provide potable water. You can also follow the tips below if you intend to use rainwater for drinking to minimise the health risks for you and your family.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Australia is said to be the driest inhabited continent on earth. Water is a scarce resource, how well this resource is managed is a concern for all Australians. In the continent’s urban areas, up to 90 percent of rainfall can flow into the stormwater system. It’s no surprise that people are looking for a way to collect all that rainwater and find a better use for it, instead of simply letting it drain out to rivers and the ocean. The rainwater can be saved and managed through the use of high-quality water tanks in WA, such as those manufactured by Rainfill Tanks and Curved Roofing Supplies. If you’re thinking of having a rainwater tank installed, remember you will need to regularly carry out certain maintenance tasks to keep the tank in pristine condition.
Sunday, 21 June 2015
Rainwater is a valuable resource that can play an essential part in sustainable development. By collecting and using the rain that falls on your roof instead of letting it simply flow into the storm water drain, you take an important step towards increasing your water efficiency and conserving this all-too precious resource. Learn more about the benefits of installing rainwater tanks from Perth manufacturers like Rainfill Tanks, and start thinking long-term money and water savings.
Friday, 19 June 2015
By 1 June, the Water Corporation will have enforced a Winter Sprinkler Ban (WSB) in Perth, Mandurah, and select areas of Western Australia. This yearly prohibition on the use of irrigation systems is in line with the state’s water conservation efforts every winter, during which time the seasonal rainfall is enough to keep every lawn irrigated. Under the ban, households and businesses are prohibited from turning on their sprinklers for more than two days (for scheme water users) or three days (for bore water users) per week. Watering days are determined by the last digit of the household or business’s street or lot number. Here are the possible scenarios when your street or lot number ends in 1:
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
The human body needs to stay hydrated since around 60 to 70 per cent of it is composed of water. Add to that the fact that temperatures in Perth can go well over 40 degrees centigrade, and you can easily understand why you need to constantly replenish water lost due to sweat and other normal bodily functions. Whilst you certainly need to drink water throughout the day, scientists say you do not necessarily have to meet the widely touted daily requirement of eight glasses. Although nutritionists don’t have a one-size-fits-all figure for fluid intake at this point, the eight-glasses-a-day myth has since been debunked.
Monday, 15 June 2015
Gardening is a fast-growing trend amongst primary schools all over Western Australia. As early as 2013, The Sunday Times reported, 40 per cent of the schools within the state have incorporated gardening into their curricula. Professor Amanda Devine from Edith Cowan University reports that tending to garden beds in Perth broadens children’s horizons, makes them less fussy, and teaches them lifelong skills as well. This uptick in interest in gardening was driven by a multitude of factors, most notably obesity. A 2014 report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare stated that 25 per cent of children under 10 in Western Australia are overweight or obese. Experts warn that without prompt intervention, their unhealthy lifestyle will most likely follow them into adulthood.
Saturday, 13 June 2015
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Thursday, 11 June 2015
Generally, gardening practices need to be adjusted based on the season, especially if you’re caring for edible plants. What fruits and vegetables to plant, what to remove, and how to tend to the garden—these decisions can all vary depending on the wetness or the dryness of the weather, and the temperature range that dominates the season. Aside from ensuring that your plants are safe and healthy for the next few months, you also have to prepare for the following season. Since autumn is in full swing, you should have started modifying how you take care of your plants. If you have a vegetable patch, the summer vegies in your garden beds should have been replaced by now with cool-season plants like broccoli, spinach, and onions. If you have citrus trees, make sure you give them a light pruning. As always, the soil should be fertilised and hoed regularly for the plants to get the nourishment they need.
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Did you know that Perth has held 80% less water in its dams since the mid-1970s? This is one of the many staggering facts uncovered by the Climate Council in a recent report on climate change. The future of the city and other areas around it look pretty bleak as the council predicts that the water supply will be 85 billion litres (or the contents of about 34,000 Olympic-size swimming pools) short of the general demand. As for the rest of Western Australia, global warming is expected to affect the urban water supply and agricultural sector. The council anticipates that the region will most likely experience drought in the coming years. On top of that, worse drought conditions are foreseen over the next eight decades as the autumn and winter rainfall in the region lessens by 50% of its present volume.
Sunday, 7 June 2015
Water is life; no one can live without it. As an irreplaceable aspect of living, water is sourced from various locales—rivers, ponds, deep wells, and many others. Like most places, residents in Western Australia (WA) get their water from community water systems. The downside of belonging to such a system is that the cost of water is steadily increasing, due in no small part to frequent cyclones and floods. Such conditions also mean that at times, clean water can be hard to come by. Perth, WA residents can learn from the efforts of a South Asian country faced with a similar situation: Bangladesh. Due to the effects of climate change, the country’s cyclone situation is expected to get even worse. With over half of the population living in poverty, an average cyclone can cause storm surges and floods that not only destroy homes, but also devastate sources of income and food, making it difficult for families to recover.
Friday, 5 June 2015
Recipe books that extol the virtues of smoothies and fresh fruit juices dot the shelves of health and wellness sections at pretty much every bookshop. An article on news.com.au points out that a growing number of Australian households have taken to making smoothies every day as a way to live longer, healthier lives. One need only invest in a proper blender and source the freshest produce to whip up a filling and nutritious smoothie loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.
Thursday, 4 June 2015
You come out of the house, only to see the garden riddled with more holes than a shelled battlefield. In the middle of it all, you find the lone perpetrator: your panting four-legged mate. Dogs, particularly breeds like dachshunds, beagles, and bloodhounds, are said to dig soil mainly as a way to kill time. Some dogs dig in the dirt to stay cool under the sun (a behaviour commonly observed amongst thick-furred breeds like chow chows and huskies) or to chase underground prey (as observed among dachshunds and terriers).
Sunday, 17 May 2015
When it comes to reducing your reliance on mains water, nothing beats having a quality water tank in Perth that lets you collect and store as much rainfall as you need for various purposes. With the right tank installed, you’ll have enough water to irrigate your garden, keep your toilets full, and even wash your car. Yet with all the tank types, sizes, shapes, and colours available, which one should you invest your hard-earned dollar? In an article for ReNew Magazine, writer Lance Turner provides a rundown on the different factors a homeowner like yourself should consider.
Saturday, 16 May 2015
Although rainwater harvesting methods have not changed much throughout the years, the hardware and materials being used certainly have, be it gutter guards or water tanks in WA homes. Patrick Dupont explains each step of the process and what it takes to harvest rainwater efficiently in his article for Your Home: Australia’s Guide to Environmentally Sustainable Homes. What’s in it For You? Obviously, harvesting rainwater enables you to maintain an alternative water supply that you can tap into during crises or drought. The practice can lessen your dependence on mains water lines by up to 100% and thereby reduce your water bill. These outcomes would depend on the size of your tank and the climate conditions in your locality, however. Meanwhile, lower demand from the mains could in turn lessen the need for new dams, reduce infrastructure operating costs, and help reduce local flooding.
Friday, 15 May 2015
Given the dry climate and sweltering temperatures typical of summertime in the region, it comes as no surprise that households in Western Australia, particularly in Perth, consume millions of litres of water every day whenever they shower. About 25 percent of household water, in fact, goes to showers or baths, according to a Water Corporation spokesman interviewed by WAtoday. In this drying climate, authorities urge the public to conserve water, whether by replacing inefficient showerheads or shortening the daily shower time to four minutes. It would also make sense to invest in sustainable and long-term solutions that address water shortage issues.
Thursday, 14 May 2015
As the population grows, demand for basic needs, e.g. food, housing, and water, continues to rise. Supply must accordingly keep up. In some instances, resources from different areas may be diverted to sustain the basic needs of a certain locality. This is exactly what the north-eastern suburb of Ellenbrook faces right now. Years of unprecedented growth have made the local water supply all but inadequate. Around 11,000 households are being supplied by a reticulated water system designed to serve less than a tenth of that figure. As of this writing, however, the Water Corporation is laying down expansion plans to improve water distribution.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Western Australia's flagship in the green campaign cost around $17 million to build and was constructed with sustainable materials. The edifice gets a full six stars from the Green Building Council of Australia, which requires structures to be sustainable and serve as role models for future projects in their communities. One of the definitive features of the Green Skills Centre is its rainwater retention capability, thanks to its two subterranean rainwater tanks that have a combined capacity of 150,000 litres. The building also has separate tanks for black water, one 11,000-litre tank for collection, and two tanks with a combined capacity of 38,000 litres for storage.
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recognises that obesity rates nationwide continue to rise. Clearly, many Aussies need to start living healthier lives. A good way to do so is to incorporate more fibre in their daily diet. There is recent science to back this up. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that adults who ate 30 grams of fibre daily for a year saw a vast improvement in their health. Consuming the daily recommended intake of 25 to 30 grams of fibre daily can reduce the risk of colon cancer and other digestive tract diseases.
Monday, 11 May 2015
Homes in the City of Swan came close to being razed to the ground by a bushfire early January, which claimed more than 5,000 hectares of forest. With the help of 50 km/h winds and the Perth heat, the fire swept across lush vegetation. Fortunately, a contingent of firefighters were able to fight off the blaze, as well as ember attacks in the suburbs. Should another bushfire of this magnitude happen again, not even adequate defensible space will be enough to defend the home from a fire. In times when firefighters need access to water lines, there's no guarantee that homes will have running water to fight off the blaze. In addition, power interruptions may render pumps inoperable in a bushfire.
Sunday, 10 May 2015
Foresight can be a strong asset when you are moving to install new rainwater tank at home with several months to go until the rainy season. If you’ve never had them set up at home before, now’s the time to do it. Writing for the sustainability magazine ReNew, Lance Turner said that there’s a science to putting up the large structure and pack rainwater in the process. Perth, Western Australia, already boasts of being a city with clear weather almost all-year-round. The strong exceptions are the winter months from June to August, where the rains can average between 44 millimetres to nearly 169mm, but recent changes in weather patterns even trigger thunderstorms in the middle of summer. When you are looking to stock up on water supplies for various non-potable uses, a supplier of water tanks in WA like Rainfill Tanks and Curved Roofing Supplies will be ready to assist you.
Saturday, 9 May 2015
Aside from the constant nagging of your Rates, Electricity, phone, and other bills, do you find yourself drowning (pun intended) in your monthly water consumption? For one, a big water bill is essentially a double-whammy: it not only wrecks your pockets, it also does harm to the environment. Numerous ways to reduce water bills exist, though, from taking shorter showers to turning off the tap while brushing your teeth, among others. These conventional methods are tried and tested, though without much augmentation they can only go so far. Here are a few more tips and tricks on how to cut back on your main water consumption.
Friday, 8 May 2015
In a hot place like Western Australia, residents are helpless against the dangers of bushfires happening around Perth and nearby areas. Homeowners are at risk of getting their houses destroyed by the relentless fires brought about by the hot weather, or getting their supply of rainwater contaminated by the ashes from the fire. Bushfires are among the problems that those living in Western Australia have to contend with yearly, requiring them to prepare themselves for the uncontrollable wrath of the fire. With temperatures soaring by as much as 40 degrees Celsius, and winds that can go as much as 35 kilometres per hour, the dryness caused by the heat makes it easier for the fire to spread, making homeowners turn to drastic measures to avoid being victims. Some of them even stock up their rainwater supplies to curb the uncontrollable fire.
Thursday, 7 May 2015
Water is among the most valuable natural resources on the planet. It is essential in everyday life activities such as drinking, hygiene, irrigation and many more. The problem we are faced with today is that with the fast growing human population, the demand for water is continually increasing while the supply is constantly decreasing. Indeed, water scarcity can very much be an alarming threat in the near future. Rainwater harvesting is one of the solutions to this problem. In essence, rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting rain from clean surfaces and storing it for later use. It is an age old process practiced by our ancestors that modern technology has allowed us to make significant changes and improvements on. With the addition of water filters in Perth rainwater tanks, water that is otherwise unfit for consumption can be purified.
Raised bed gardening is a convenient and effective type of gardening, perfect for growing vegetables right in the comfort of your home. Raised beds contain a considerable amount of soil enclosed in a planter box that can be made of various materials such as wood, recycled plastic, or even corrugated iron. Raised garden beds in Perth are available in many styles, types and sizes, providing plenty of options for enthusiasts to work out their green thumbs. Aside from variety, however, what makes raised garden beds the most beneficial is the protection plants receive from pathway weeds and pests. It also protects the soil from erosion during seasons of heavy rain. Furthermore, a raised garden bed in Perth can also produce a bountiful yield—all it takes is a matter of strategy.
Friday, 13 February 2015
The popularity of the rain water tank as a home peripheral lies on its proven advantages, such as aiding in the reduction of water bills and providing an alternative water source during water constrictions caused by droughts. Moreover, it could help in maintaining a green and healthy garden and, depending on its size, in reducing the use of mains water by as much as 100 percent. It appeals to more people because of its simplicity in operation—you don’t need to worry about water levels in dams when you could utilize the amount of rainwater falling on your roof. Well-designed and well-maintained Perth water tanks can be deemed suitable for home use. While it might not be advisable to drink collected rainwater unless you have the suitable filtration in place.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Although you may survive without food for up to three weeks, you will perish without water for more than three days. With heat gradually drying up the usual water resources, such as dams, every drop of water becomes ever more important and worth saving. In response to this urgent need, and to address the increasing cost of water distribution, a growing number of Australian households now employ certain ways to utilise this gradually decreasing resource more efficiently, such as collecting rainwater. Utilising rain water tanks in WA homes, for instance, is becoming popular for this purpose. In fact, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 32% of households have had water tanks installed as of 2010. Additionally, in capital cities, rainwater tanks are the second most popular source of drinking water.