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Water Tank Installation Guide

June 17, 2018
Site Preparation There are several factors that will determine the most appropriate location of your rainwater tank. First walk around your house and note the locations of your downpipes. The closer the tank is to a downpipe, the simpler your install will be. Once you have selected an appropriate site, you can begin to prepare […]
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AQUAPLATE® Steel in Rainwater Tanks

June 15, 2018
In our last article, we compared Poly Water Tanks with AQUAPLATE® Steel Tanks. In this article we look further into the features of AQUAPLATE® steel in rainwater tanks. History of AQUAPLATE® Steel Until recent decades, the most common material for rainwater tanks seen in the Australian outback were corrugated steel tanks. These tanks were often galvanised, which […]
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3 Benefits Water Pressure Pump Covers Provide

June 15, 2018
Water pressure pumps cost a few hundred dollars and they often need to be placed in an outside area. While many pumps are made to function in the open, without any protection they will be hit with the sun’s harmful UV rays, soaked with rain and hail, and face the extreme weather which hits Australia. […]
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Australian Plumbing Requirements and Standards for Installing Rainwater Tanks

June 15, 2018
Water authorities in Australia are tasked with delivering high-quality water that is safe to drink and use in cooking. To ensure water safety, property owners need to comply with certain requirements and stands when installing or plumbing in alternative water supplies like rainwater tanks. This article examines general requirements and standards when plumbing in a […]
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Choosing a Suitable Rainwater Tank – Poly Tank Range of Models, Sizes and Styles

June 15, 2018
Modern waters tanks are available in a range of models, sizes and styles so that buyers can choose the right size and shape to fit in with their property and rainwater harvesting needs. Team Poly offer one of the most diverse range of poly water tanks: Round Tanks (545L to 50,050L) a traditional rounded corrugated look Boabab […]
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Choosing a Septic Tank System to Store and Manage Sewage

June 15, 2018
If you are a reading this page, then you are likely wondering what a septic tank system is, and why you would need one. Or perhaps you are looking to buy and are researching options. This article aims to explore and answer all these questions in a succinct manner. Why are Septic Tank Systems Required? You will […]
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Choosing a Location for Your Rainwater Tank

June 15, 2018
If you are you looking to purchase a rainwater tank, then you should have an understanding of what tank size you need. Once you have worked out how much rainwater you wish (and are able) to harvest, your next step will be identifying an appropriate location for a tank that size on your property. There are five […]
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Can You Bury Poly Water Tanks in the Ground?

June 15, 2018
Some people would like to bury their water tanks to either reduce their height or hide them completely from view. Unlike steel tanks which cannot be buried due to corrosive reasons, with a poly tank you have no such worries. This article will look at a few things you need to keep in mind if […]
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Buying Rainwater Tanks in Victoria – Council, State and National Water Tank Regulations

June 15, 2018
When choosing to purchase and install a rainwater tank in Victoria, you should understand rules and regulations at all three levels of governments – your local council, the State of Victoria and National guidelines. Many rainwater tank requirements are common sense and easy to comply with. If worried, this article is intended to help you […]
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Building Sustainability (BASIX) and Rainwater System Requirements in NSW

June 15, 2018
New South Wales’ Building and Sustainability Index (BASIX) aims to achieve up to a 40% reduction on the consumption of potable water against the state benchmark. This benchmark is explicitly expressed as being equal to 90,340 litres of water per person per year. BASIX assessment is required for: new buildings that consist of one or more dwellings conversions of […]
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Australian Standards for Water Tanks and Tank Installations

June 15, 2018
Several important standards apply to rainwater tanks for manufacturing specifications, storing potable water, and plumbing in your tank. This article seeks to explain Australian Standards, who sets them, what they are and which ones you should look for when buying and plumbing in your rainwater tank. What Are Australian Standards? It might surprise some to […]
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Do You Need a Plumber to Install Your Rainwater Tank?

June 15, 2018
  While most water tanks are easy to install yourself, any plumbing into your home for use in toilets, hot water systems or laundry must be completed by a licensed plumber. You should not carry out the plumbing work yourself unless you are a licensed plumber. Licensed plumbers will be will be aware of Australian […]
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Deciding Between Multiple Water Tanks or One Large Tank?

June 15, 2018
When looking for a water tank, many consider buying just one to meet their needs. Yet, there are several reasons why getting two or more might be better. This article will explore reasons why you might wish to install multiple water tanks rather than one large tank or vice-versa. Factors to Consider When Choosing Choosing […]
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Council Rules when Connecting Your Rainwater to Mains Water

June 15, 2018
  As explained in a previous article, water tank requirements in the Adelaide metropolitan area vary in accordance to each council’s rules and regulations. However, there are some specific requirements that all South Australians must observe if connecting your rainwater tank to mains water. SA Water’s Rainwater Plumbing Guide states that: “Where rainwater is required by legislation to […]
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Council Requirements for Water Tanks in New Homes

June 15, 2018
  If you are building a new home in Adelaide region then it is important to understand your water supply requirements to your property. This includes meeting certain council requirements for rainwater storage and plumbing. So there are two main questions you that will need to answer: What are my council requirements for water tanks? […]
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Components of a Fully Integrated Rainwater Harvesting System

June 15, 2018
  Your rainwater tank is a key piece in your rainwater harvesting system, but it is one of many when it comes to delivering quality water into your home. There are various components (accessories) to the system to consider that can affect your water quality, how the water is distributed around your home and the […]
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Benefits of Rain Heads When Harvesting Rainwater

June 15, 2018
  If you have trees surrounding your home or roof capture area, then leaves will no doubt fall or be blown onto there. When it rains, water washes these leaves, as well as sticks, insects and other matter into gutters and downpipes. Unless guarded against, such matter will wash into the pipework and potentially end […]
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How to Clean Sludge Out of Your Water Tank

June 15, 2018
To ensure rainwater collected in your tank remains clean and fresh, it is important to properly maintain your tank. Part of this maintenance involves cleaning out the sludge that builds up at the bottom from the accumulation of sediment and organic matter. What is sludge? Even with strainers, plant material, waste and sediment will still […]
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Help Property Owners Choose a Water Tank to Fit Space Limitations

June 15, 2018
When building a house, especially on a smaller lot, it might be difficult planning where to place a rainwater tank. Many builders will often just plonk in a storage tank in the most convenient location, below a downpipe on the outside of a house. Presenting a few options, however, to the property owner, shows an attention […]
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Leaf Screening: Gutter Guards vs Rain Heads

June 15, 2018
If you will be harvesting rainwater from your roof, then you might be wondering how to guard against leaves, insects and debris entering your water supply. There are solutions like water diverters, which work great and should always be installed. Screening prior to water entering your pipework also makes sense. This article explores two pre-filtration screening […]
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Galvanised Steel in Rainwater Tanks

June 15, 2018
  In our last article, we compared Poly Water Tanks with Galvanised Steel Tanks. In this article we look further into the features of galvanised steel water tanks. Until recent decades, the most common material for rainwater tanks seen in the Australian outback were corrugated steel tanks. These tanks were often galvanised, which is a process […]
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Fixing and Preventing Rainwater Tank Overflow Problems

June 15, 2018
Installing screening on your tanks is a necessity and council requirement to keep out mosquitoes and insects from your tank. Yet, screening can introduce new problems that tank owners should be aware of. Without proper tank maintenance to clean out strainers and unclog screens, water might end up overflowing from the top of your tank and/or not […]
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Establishing Rainwater Harvesting Capacity

June 15, 2018
  Did you know 1mm of rain falling on 1m2 of your roof provides 1 litre of water in your tank? Using the average suburban roof of 200m2, if you receive 500mm of rain per year, then you will harvest 100,000L of rainwater (200m2 * 500mm = 100,000L). This is a conservative estimate—many houses are bigger today […]
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How to Install Underground Poly Water Tanks

June 15, 2018
Underground water tanks are great if you want to harvest rainwater and not have valuable surface space being taken up. Team Poly’s underground water tanks are made in Australia according to a patented and leading German-engineered design that provides optimum strength and optional self-cleaning filter. Please refer to our underground tank installation guide for complete instructions. This article […]
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How to Install Team Poly’s Razor Slimline Tanks

June 15, 2018
When deciding the best location for your tank, keep in mind that the closer your tank is to your downpipe, the simpler it will be to install. Slimline tanks which are normally located alongside a house are therefore a good option, especially our Razor slimline tanks which are designed to be bracketed to your house […]
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How to Install a Poly Slimline Tank

June 15, 2018
Slimline rainwater tanks are a very attractive option for modern homes since they can be easily tucked away or situated alongside the external wall of your house. This article will explore the slimline tanks that Team Poly manufacture and provide advice for slimline tank installation. Slimline Tank Models Available Team Poly provide a diverse slimline tank […]
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Maintaining Your Rainwater Tank for Potable Water

June 15, 2018
Harvesting rainwater into a water storage tank can provide you with a valuable source of water to be used throughout your home or property. Provided your rainwater tank has been correctly installed and is safe to use for storing drinking water (AS/NZS 4020), you will need to ensure that your tank is properly maintained. Maintaining your rainwater […]
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Main Tank Fittings and Accessories When Plumbing in Your Rainwater Tank

June 15, 2018
When buying a rainwater tank, you can save money by ensuring many required fittings and accessories are included in your deal. This is especially important if plumbing your rainwater into your house. This article is intended to help you know what other fittings and accessories you will need when plumbing in your rainwater tank. Standard Tank Fittings As […]
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Is Your Rainwater Safe to Bath and Shower In?

June 15, 2018
Most people are comfortable with the idea of using rainwater for washing clothes or flushing toilets, but some have reservations about bathing, showering or drinking rainwater. Provided that you take simple precautions, rainwater is perfectly safe to drink (read more in our article Is it Safe to Drink Water from Rainwater Tanks?). Since it is safe to drink […]
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Is it Safe to Drink Water from Rainwater Tanks?

June 15, 2018
  Water is a valuable resource and rainwater stored in a tank is safe to drink as long as proper steps are taken. You just need to ensure that parts of your rainwater harvesting system are made of safe food-grade materials and properly maintained. To ensure the safety of your catchment area, you need to […]

Installing a Rainwater Tank that is Safe for Drinking

June 15, 2018
  Most rainwater stored in Australian water tanks gets stored within a poly plastic membrane or tank. This remains true whether your tank is made from galvanised steel, some stainless steel tanks, BlueScope Steel’s AQUAPLATE® or ZINCALUME® or just straight polyethylene. Given this, it is important to ensure your poly tank or inner poly lining is made […]
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Ideas for Hiding Rainwater Tanks on Properties

June 15, 2018
Operation securities (OPSEC) is a military term, and is a process that identifies useful information to opposing forces that should be hidden. One of the most rudimentary ideologies of OPSEC is to hide preparations so that others don’t have any clue what you are up to. While such is a remarkable notion, hiding important things […]
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How to Spot a Cheap Water Tank from a Quality Tank

June 15, 2018
We have all experienced the salesman who will do or say almost anything to have us buy something. An often used phrase during their pitch is “higher quality”. It is heard so often, “high quality this” and “high quality that” such words often carry little to no substance. Yet, most of us are often willing […]
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How to Link Multiple Water Storage Tanks Together

June 15, 2018
In a previous article, we covered the question of whether multiple water tanks or one single tank would be the best option. If you believe multiple water tanks are the best way forward for your situation, then reading this article will give you some understanding about how your tanks can be linked. When installing your tanks, we […]
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Rainwater Tank and Installation Costs – Tank, Pump, Screen, Cover & Accessory Prices

June 15, 2018
Rainwater tank prices can vary significantly depending upon manufacturing brand, supplier, material type and your desired style of tank. This article is intended to provide you, the consumer, with an understanding of the cost of installing a rainwater tank. Rainwater Tank Prices – Poly and Steel Tanks Team Poly manufacture a diverse range of poly rainwater […]
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Rainwater Tank “First Flush” Water Diverters

June 15, 2018
Rainwater diverters ensure a cleaner water supply by stopping the initial run-off of rainwater from entering your rainwater tank. This “first flush” of rainwater may contain debris, leaves or possibly chemicals and particles blowing through the air. Why Should You Install a Water Diverter? They provide fresher water and are a preventative measure against mosquitoes and their […]
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Installing a Water Tank in South Australia: Planning, Plumbing and Protection

June 15, 2018
The South Australian Government has introduced a number of initiatives, especially in recent years, with the purpose of encouraging and ensuring more sustainable water use in the State. One of these initiatives is the requirement for mandatory water tanks, which requires a rainwater tank and rainfall harvesting system to be set in place. However, the compliance with this […]
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Package Pump Stations for Stormwater, Drainage and Sewage

June 15, 2018
Pump stations are used to pump fluids from one area to another. They are often used for assisting with three different drainage functions: Stormwater – draining areas that may pool with water during downpours and/or areas that might otherwise flood Surface water – ongoing draining water from a surface source to another area to be stored and/or used as needed […]
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NSW Development Code for Rainwater Tank Installations

June 15, 2018
When installing a water tank you need to make sure that all the work is conducted in accordance with state government specifications and requirements. This article was written for tank installers to understand the regulations in New South Wales for rainwater tanks installed above ground and below ground, and the associated plumbing requirements. Note: When working in NSW […]
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Narrow Water Tanks for Smaller Properties and Shrinking Lot Sizes

June 15, 2018
According to the 2016 State of the Land Report (PDF) submitted to Australia’s federal government by The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), lot sizes continued to fall in urban areas around Australia. Major cities and regions reported on (Sydney, South-East Queensland, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne) are all, for the first time, now less an average of 500 […]
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Rotathene® SUPA UV – The Sun Protection Standard for Polyethylene Water Tanks in Australia

June 15, 2018
Dorothea McKellar wrote in the second stanza of her well known Australian poem, “My Country”: I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror The wide brown land for me!  Australia is […]
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Recommended Accessories for Your Rainwater Tank

June 15, 2018
  When you purchase a rainwater tank then there will be other parts and accessories that you will need. Sometimes they will be bundled with your water tank, often saving you money. Other times you will need to purchase them separately. The usual tank fittings and accessories include: tank fittings and tap leaf strainers and […]
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Installing Backflow Prevention Devices for Plumbed-in Rainwater Tanks

June 15, 2018
When plumbing in a rainwater tank, a typical setup is to connect mains water to it as a backup water supply. When your tank runs dry, a rainwater to mains water switch can flip over to your mains water so that toilets and washing can continue without issue. Connecting to your mains water supply means a licensed […]
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Testing the UV Protection of Polyethylene in Water Tanks Against the Harmful Effects of the Sun

June 15, 2018
Australia has one of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world with over 200 kilolangleys of UV radiation annually, double that of SE Asia, Europe and most of North America. With such high level of UV exposure, it is important that any product in Australia’s Sun be able to endure and stand the test […]
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Water Tanks for Stormwater Detention

June 15, 2018
  If you live in and around the suburbs of Adelaide then when building a new house or performing significant additions to an existing house, your council may have stormwater detention requirements that you need to meet. Why is Stormwater Detention Required? During storms and a heavy downpour of rain a lot of stormwater can […]
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Water Storage and Council Considerations for New Homes

June 15, 2018
  If you are looking to install a rainwater tank in your new home, then you need to be aware to any requirements that your local council might have. Council requirements vary from one area to the next so it is something that you will need to verify. Council Requirement Considerations Firstly, councils often require […]
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Water Retention Tanks for Fighting Bushfires

June 15, 2018
  Bushfires are a serious threat to many towns and suburbs in the Adelaide region. More than 75 towns in Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island are in bushfire prone areas. 35 suburbs in Adelaide’s fringes are prone to bushfires. If you are building a new home in and around the region of Adelaide […]
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Quick Guide to Victoria Rainwater Tank Installation Regulations

June 15, 2018
When installing a water tank, you need to make sure that all the work is conducted in accordance with state government specifications and requirements. In this article, we will look at regulations in the state of Victoria associated with rainwater tanks including general requirements, installation requirements and requirements often required by local authorities. Install Requirements for […]
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Properly Screening Your Rainwater Tank – Rain Heads, Leaf and Overflow Strainers

June 15, 2018
To protect the quality of water in your rainwater tank you will need to use screens and strainers to filter out debris, insects and mosquitoes. This article looks at the types of screens and strainers you can install on your tank to help keep your water clean. Rain Heads (Leaf Eaters) Rain heads, also known […]
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Preparing for Your Rainwater Tank

June 15, 2018
  Preparing for your rainwater tank is easy. Two main areas you will want to ensure are correct include your roof and gutters and tank foundations. Roof and Gutters The roof and gutters of your catchment area are obviously a key component when harvesting rainwater. They should be cleared of any leaves or debris and damaged guttering […]
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How to Calculate the Amount of Rainwater You Can Capture

June 15, 2018
Calculating the amount of rainwater you can collect is an interesting task to perform when considering rainwater storage tanks. Knowing how much rainwater you can capture provides a good upper maximum limit of water you will need to be able to store, which is often much higher than people realise. Calculating Your Rain Harvest Given […]
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Selling Team Poly Water Tanks as a Sales Agent

June 15, 2018
Whether you are a commercial retail store, builder, plumber, landscaper or other tradesperson, Team Poly are always looking for new professional relationships. This article explores many questions you may have if you are interested in selling our tanks. Are Prices Better for Sales Agents? This is our most often asked question – yes, pricings are better […]
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Save Money with Rainwater Tanks and Beat Future Water Prices

June 15, 2018
Is It Worth Buying a Rainwater Tank? Water is a limited resource. Australia’s homes and industries continue to use more water, which has pushed prices higher and higher over a number of years. Prices look almost certain to continue rising along with this increasing demand. If you own a business and water is a significant […]
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Water Tanks Compared: Poly Tanks versus Galvanised Steel Tanks

June 15, 2018
One of the most popular choices today for storing rainwater is polyethylene (poly) water tanks. Another choice you might come across when selecting a rainwater tank are thick galvanized steel tanks. Water tanks made today from galvanised steel are often thickly coated with a zinc alloy. This protects the inner steel from rust and corrosion. In […]
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Water Tanks Compared: Poly Tanks versus AQUAPLATE® Steel Tanks

June 15, 2018
One of the most popular tank choices today are polyethylene (poly) water tanks. Another choice you might come across when selecting a rainwater tank is BlueScope Steel’s AQUAPLATE® steel tanks. Water tanks made from AQUAPLATE® steel sheets are made from ZINCALUME® steel (normally the older AZ150 rather than more durable newer generation AM125) that is thickly coated with […]
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Water Tanks for Small Spaces

June 15, 2018
The Urban Development Institute of Australia has released its 2015 State of the Land Report indicating a continuing downward trend in block sizes for new homes. The average median lot size nationwide is 474m2. Because lot size continue to decrease and homes tend to be built border to border, new home buyers must be selective when planning […]
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Sun Resistance: Poly Tanks and UV Stabilisation

June 15, 2018
Polyethylene (poly) water tanks are made of a plastic material. Many have seen the effects on plastic objects that are exposed to the harmful UV-rays of our Sun. Over time, they become brittle, chalk and crack as the polymer elongation drops, that is, the structural integrity of plastic. The natural conclusion, and we know our […]
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Switching between Rainwater and Mains Water

June 15, 2018
  A rainwater to mains water switch helps you make the most effective use of your tank water. It allows you to use your tank water supply first and then switch to mains water supply if your tank is low or empty. This set up ensures you maintain a reliable water supply to your toilets, laundry and […]
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Stainless Steel in Rainwater Tanks

June 15, 2018
In our last article, we compared Poly Water Tanks with Stainless Steel Tanks. In this article we look further into the features of stainless steel in rainwater tanks. About Stainless Steel Unlike carbon steel, stainless steel will not readily corrode, rust or stain from water contact and moisture. Stainless steel is also known as inox steel, […]
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Site Preparation and Pipework Installation for Rainwater Tanks

June 15, 2018
Once you have ordered your rainwater tanks, your next task is to prepare the location (site) where your tank will be placed. This article goes through some basic steps for site preparation and piping installation so that you have a good idea what needs to be arranged and considered before your tank arrives. Site Preparation for […]
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Setting Up Your Rainwater Tank for Drinking Water

June 15, 2018
  Rainwater from your roof can be a valuable resource and is fine to drink when stored in a safe and properly maintained rainwater tank. When installing your rainwater tank you will need to prepare your site, run piping from your roof to your tank inlet, attach piping to your overflow and install any pump […]
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What Colour to Choose for Your Poly Water Tank

June 15, 2018
If you have decided to purchase an above ground tank, know where you’ll locate it, then you will then need to decide upon a tank colour. Sounds simple, but then choices that seem simple often end up stumping us, especially if like me, you tend to overthink on decisions. An advantage to poly tanks is […]
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Water Prices in Australia

June 15, 2018
Water is a limited resource. In Australia, our cities rely on water from diverse sources: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra rely on surface water catchments and reservoirs; Perth uses surface and groundwater reservoirs; Adelaide is dependent on the Murray River. Growing urban populations and the potential impacts of climate change have driven the need for […]
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Understanding Rainwater Tank Warranties

June 15, 2018
It is not possible to foretell any issues that may occur when purchasing a water tank. Your risk however can be minimised by doing your best to choose a reliable brand and knowing you have a warranty to depend upon provides some peace of mind. This article is intended to help you understand warranties and what to […]
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Things to Consider When Buying a Water Tank Pump

June 15, 2018
  A water tank pump (also known as a pressure pump) is required in order to use tank water throughout your home. The pump pushes the water out of your tank providing you with pressurised water at the various tap points in your house. Homeowners generally require the tank pumps either to service their household water supply […]

Water Tanks Compared: Poly Tanks versus ZINCALUME® Steel Tanks

June 15, 2018
One of the most popular choices today for storing rainwater are polyethylene (poly) water tanks. Another choice you might come across when deciding on a rainwater tank is ZINCALUME® steel (a mixture of zinc and aluminium). Tanks made from ZINCALUME® steel, are made from a steel that has been dipped in aluminium (55%), zinc (43.5%) and […]
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Water Tanks Compared: Poly Tanks versus Stainless Steel Tanks

June 15, 2018
One of the most popular tank choices today are polyethylene (poly) water tanks. Another choice you will likely come across when deciding upon a rainwater tank are stainless steel tanks. Before comparing important differences between poly and stainless steel water tanks, it is important to understand that there are different grades of stainless steel. Grades are […]
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ZINCALUME® Steel in Rainwater Tanks

June 15, 2018
In our last article, we compared Poly Water Tanks with ZINCALUME® Steel Tanks. In this article we look further into the features of ZINCALUME® steel in rainwater tanks. Introduction Until recent decades, a common material for steel roofs, sheds and rainwater tanks the littered the Australian outback were galvanised iron – steel that has been coated […]
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Why State Government and Councils Require Water Tank Screening

June 15, 2018
In Australia, states require you to screen all entry points to on your rainwater tank. In Queensland, local councils may fine you several hundred dollars for failing to screen your tank. South Australian government advise when planning for rainwater use, the inlet and overflow of the rainwater tank must be fitted with mosquito proof, non-degradable screens […]
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What is a “Wet System” with Rainwater Tanks?

June 15, 2018
When installing a rainwater tank, you will need to consider how to run the piping from your roof to your tank. For this piping, there are two piping systems you can choose between: 1) “Wet System”, or 2) “Dry System”. This article will describe what a “wet system” is and when you would use one with […]
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What is a “Dry System” with Rainwater Tanks?

June 15, 2018
When installing a rainwater tank, you will need to consider how to run the piping from your roof to your tank. For this piping, there are two piping systems you can choose between: 1) “Dry System”, or 2) “Wet System”. This article will describe what a “dry system” is and when you would use one with […]
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Stormwater Detention: Council Requirements for Residential and Property Development

June 15, 2018
Local councils require stormwater detention for residential development throughout many built-up areas in Australia. This article will look at why this is necessary in developed areas, general requirements you might need to meet, and how you can comply with water detention requirements. What is Stormwater Detention? As the number of residential homes increase and areas […]
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Brochure Downloads

June 6, 2018
Product Catalogues Team Poly Product Catalogue Team Poly Rural Tank and Agricultural Range Team Poly Urban Tank Range Product Brochures Boabab Water Tanks Brochure (PDF) Razor Slimline Tanks Brochure (PDF) Delivery Zones Team Poly Delivery Zones (PDF) Installation Guides Round Tank Installation Guide (PDF) Razor Installation Guide (PDF) Li-Lo Underground Tank Installation Guide (PDF) Rotathene® […]

Frequently Asked Questions

June 6, 2018
Table of Contents I’ve decided to get a rainwater tank, but where do I start? Why should I purchase a Team Poly tank? What makes Team Poly tanks a quality product? Do you provide guarantee on your tanks? Are Team Poly tanks manufactured in Australia? Which Australian standards apply to rainwater tanks? What are Team […]

Water Tank Rebates

June 6, 2018
Rebates for rainwater tanks are often available in each Australian state, and your local government may provide incentives so also check with your council. Below we have gathered information for rebates in states that Team Poly service (details may become inaccurate over time, so please confirm by checking the linked sources): South Australia (SA) There […]
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Tank Specifications

June 6, 2018
Team Poly have a wide range of poly water tanks and storage tanks to suit particular styles and dimensions. Traditional Round Corrugated Tanks Boabab Round Tanks Slimline Modular Tanks Slimline Aqua Spring Tanks Slimline Razor Tanks Underground Tanks Cartage Tanks Storage Tanks Traditional Round Corrugated Tanks Description Diameter (mm) Inlet Height (mm) Overall Height (mm) […]
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Tank Selection Guide

June 6, 2018
Following this step-by-step guide will help to ensure that you select the right Team Poly water tank: Step 1: Establish Rainwater Harvesting Capacity Step 2: Determine Water Tank Accessories Step 3: Identify Appropriate Tank Location Step 4: Select Your Desired Tank Style Step 5: Choose Your Tank Colour Step 6: Confirm Location Space Step 7: […]

Stainless Steel Tanks

June 6, 2018
Unlike carbon steel, stainless steel will not readily corrode, rust or stain from water contact and moisture. Stainless steel is also known as inox steel, derived from the French word “inoxydable“. The strength and durability of stainless steel makes it a desirable yet expensive option. Due to its expense it is normally used in products […]

Rotathene “SUPA UV” Poly Tanks

June 6, 2018
While poly water tanks are one of the most popular tank choices, it is important to consider that not all poly tanks are the same. Australia has one of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world with over 200 kilolangleys of UV radiation annually, double that of SE Asia, Europe and most of […]

Poly Water Tanks

June 6, 2018
One of the most popular tank choices today are polyethylene (poly) water tanks. Poly water tanks can last a long time, up to 20 years or more. The material can withstand the harsh effects of the Sun due to UV-stabilisers added to the moulding mix. These stabilisers inhibit or absorb the harmful UV light preventing […]

Galvanised Steel Tanks

June 6, 2018
Until recent decades, the most common material for rainwater tanks seen in the Australian outback were corrugated steel tanks. These tanks were often galvanised, which is a process where a protective zinc alloy is applied to iron in order to provide an electrochemical protection against rust and corrosion. Galvanised steel is found in many products […]

Fibreglass Water Tanks

June 6, 2018
Fibreglass water tanks (Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic) can be found on the market for storing rainwater. They are often comprised of a resin, mixed with a hardener with glass fibres that are sprayed into a mould. A food-grade coating exists on their interior surface so that they can safely store drinkable rainwater. The fibreglass material […]

Concrete Water Tanks

June 6, 2018
Concrete rainwater tanks are expensive, but ideal for underground water storage or when large quantities of water need storing. They are often long lasting, although cracking will eventually happen over time depending upon the strength of concrete and level of reinforced with steel. One benefit, but also disadvantage, is the lime that is found in […]

ZINCALUME® Steel Tanks

June 6, 2018
Until recent decades, a common material for steel roofs, sheds and rainwater tanks the littered the Australian outback were galvanised iron – steel that has a zinc coating to provide protection against rust and corrosion. Prior to 1976 many steel roofs were also galvanised. Then BHP Steel (now BlueScope Steel) developed and launched ZINCALUME® steel […]

AQUAPLATE® Steel Tanks

June 6, 2018
Prior to 1970’s many steel roofs were large galvanised. Then a Chicago-based company, Lithostrip Corporation and Pre Finish Metals, discovered a way to successfully bond paint to a galvanised base. John Lysaght brought the technology into Australia and invested much time and effort getting the process right. This resulted in COLORBOND® steel being rolled out […]

Mosquito Prevention

June 6, 2018
Throughout Australia, mosquitoes can be found in every state and will rapidly breed where there is an open fresh water supply. Rainwater collecting in pot plants and trays, buckets and the like create fertile breeding grounds. A water tank that isn’t properly screened is just asking for trouble. When purchasing a strainer or screening the […]
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Water Diverter

June 6, 2018
Rainwater diverters ensure a cleaner water supply by stopping the initial run-off of rainwater from entering your rainwater tank. This “first flush” of rainwater may contain debris, leaves or possibly chemicals and particles blowing through the air. A correctly installed water diverter will result in less debris finding its way into your rainwater tank. Pages […]
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Rain Heads (Leaf Eaters)

June 6, 2018
Rain heads, also known as leaf eaters, are a PVC head piece often installed at the top of a downpipe jus below your gutter. The rain head has a screened opening that allows water to pass through while deflecting leaves and debris. They also help to keep mosquitoes, frogs and vermin out of your pipe […]

Pump and Cover

June 6, 2018
If you are plumbing in your rainwater tank to your house or property, then you will require a pressure pump. The pump is used to push rainwater out of your tank to where you need it. Team Poly supply a range of quality pumps to meet your needs. If concerned, please talk with us. It […]

Tank Overflow Screens

June 6, 2018
Located at the top on your tank wall is a round hole wide where an overflow pipe is connected to. Your tank’s overflow pipe is another way insects and vermin can find their way into your tank if left unscreened. To protect against creepy crawlies, mosquitoes and frogs climbing up your overflow pipes and making […]

Manhole Cover (Tank Inlet Cover)

June 6, 2018
If sunlight can reach your rainwater, then it can create an ripe environment for algae to grow. To prevent this it is recommended that you procure a cover to the top of your tank where rainwater flows in. They are normally made to fit in with tank inlet water strainer, or can be purchased separately. […]

Tank Inlet Strainers

June 6, 2018
Located on top of your rainwater tank will be a round hole about 200mm to 500mm in diameter. The pipe work from your gutters lead rainwater to this opening which then flows into your water tank. If you leave this opening unscreened then leaves, debris, mosquitoes, frogs and the like would enter your water tank. […]

Gutter Screening

June 6, 2018
Gutter screening can be purchased which is also known as gutter guard, gutter covering, gutter protection, or a leaf guard. These are special mesh screens that cover the top of your roof guttering to keep out leaves and the like, obviously helping to improve the rainwater quality that flows into your tank. Pages Related Installation […]

Flexible Pipe Coupling

June 6, 2018
When installing your tank, to prevent stress upon your tank and outlet from ground movement, vibrations and the like it is important to have a 300mm flexible rubber hose act as a coupling from your ball valve to your supported poly piping. Failure to do this can lead to leaking and will often void your […]

Ball Valve

June 6, 2018
A ball valve has a perforated ball inside that pivots when the handle in turned. When the handle is inline with the pipes, the the ball turns revealing a hole that allows water to flow through. When the handle is pivoted 90-degrees the ball turns providing a solid wall that prevents water from flowing through. […]