Rainwater tank maintenance is a public health concern that Whywait Plumbing Services your local professional Gold Coast Plumber has undertaken for 40 years, since 1976. It is one of the reasons why we have been voted as one of the Best Plumbers on the Gold Coast in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2015.
It is now nine years since the water management crisis in South-East Queensland was at its peak. Rainwater tanks were the flavour of the month and were being sold and installed by every man and his dog aided and abetted by generous subsidies from the Queensland Government.
Unfortunately rushed policy changes by the Queensland Government at the time and the relaxation of standards with many shoddy installations is now beginning to bite. This has lead to a situation where government agencies are picking up the pieces of repairing bad policy.
Fortunately, there has been some significant publications and research undertaken by the Environmental Health Committee, of the Australian Health Protection Committee which has published an excellent publication called “Guidance on Use of Rainwater Tanks” which we advise you to download and read if you have a rainwater tank by clicking here
Rainwater tanks in an urban environment were always going to be an issue with regards to maintenance and the plumbing technicians at Whywait Plumbing Services see this issue constantly:
Rainwater tank systems are low maintenance, but they are most definitely not maintenance free. Routine maintenance of a rainwater tank is required to maintain the life expectancy of the infrastructure and to ensure compliance with the Public Health Act.
Maintaining your rainwater tank is your responsibility as the property owner. The biggest threat posed is the potential to create a health risk in the tank becoming a breeding site for mosquitoes. All rainwater tanks must be fitted at all times with:
The recommended maintenance required plus the routine regularity is listed below:
If you are no longer using your rainwater tank, then you are required to cut it up and remove it from the site. It cannot be allowed to become a mosquito breeding site or a home for vermin such as rats or mice.
Finally a word of warning. Many property owners are unaware that in Queensland that if you fail to maintain your rainwater tank in a permanent status of it being mosquito proof you can receive an on the spot fine of 4 penalty units which are $487.60.