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As you have previously read, after finding out how much water is used in a typical house in winter by just 3 appliances, we knew we had to start collecting and reticulating rain water off our Auckland roof to use in the house!
When I was building stage 1 of the house back in ~2005, I had to import first divert units that integrate into your down-pipes from Australia - as they already knew how valuable rain water is - and how much a pest the mossie is! Thankfully, in 2009, Marley NZ have now partnered with the Australian group and have adapted / improved in some cases the Australian range of products :-)
We then had to find a company to supply a water tank that could be buried, would last a long time, AND the water would taste nice! To learn more about Why We Used A Concrete Tank, please click here. We found Warkworth Tanks were extremely helpful and also made high quality concrete tanks!
Or if you want to learn more about Tank Installation Hints please click here.
If you want to learn more about Marley NZ's range of Rain Harvesting products, then click here.
Solar Energy House C/- Simon & Kristina Cope | 19 Manapau Street, Meadowbank, Auckland 1072 | New Zealand | Contact us now to arrange your tour
Solar Roof | Abstract | Abstract - 2 | S E P Generation Systems | PV Roof Tiles | Attic | Insulation Walls | Sound Dampening | Underfloor Heating | Space Heating | Double Glazing | Max Sun | Kitchen | Appliances Energy Efficient | Using Rain Water | We Used Concrete Tank | Tank Installation Hints | Reticulation of Rain Water
Solar Roof | Abstract | Abstract - 2 | S E P Generation Systems | PV Roof Tiles | Attic | Insulation Walls | Sound Dampening | Underfloor Heating | Space Heating | Double Glazing | Max Sun | Kitchen | Appliances Energy Efficient | Using Rain Water | Rain Harvesting | We Used Concrete Tank | Tank Installation Hints | Reticulation of Rain Water
Look Inside A Well Made Concrete Tank - See The Difference - And Also See The Add-Ons That Enable Us To Drink The Water From This Tank - Even In The Middle Of The Suburbs Of Auckland...
On the RHS is the rain water inlet into the concrete water tank, via 'Marley Calmed Inlet'. This stops the rain water from stirring up any sediment that may build up over time in the bottom of the tank (especially if you haven't used 'Marley First Divert' systems on your down-pipes).
Talk about the process of looking at what bits needed to be used (leaf guard, rain heads, magnum, first diverts, and then reticulation etc
Collection Surface - i.e. our roof
Auto-fill / Automatic Top-up Mechanism: We used Davey Pump's RainBank MkII way cool device!
Collection Gutters: We used Marley NZ's Magnum range - big, chunky and collects ANY water coming off our roof :-)
Gutter Protection: This could be a Leaf Guard product or similar. We don't need it here at our place as no tree is higher than our 2nd storey roof...
Rain Head Inlet Filter: We used Marley NZ's clever product where it has two mechanisms to stop mossies, leaves, mice, birds etc getting down into the tanks
Water Level Indicator: We used Marley NZ's
Overflow Port: We used Marley NZ's vaccum kit +
Water Filter: We used
Pump: We used Davey Pump's