Camden Haven Tanks

4 Flinders Drive
Laurieton NSW 2443
Factory Phone/Fax : 02 6585 7170
Email: tankscamdenhaven@hotmail.com
ABN 92 536 936 872

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q.  What are the benefits of owning a rainwater tank?
A.  In these days of water shortages and restrictions, collecting rainwater for use in your home and garden, will reduce your dependency on town water supplies and can lower your water bills. Furthermore, you will be contributing to overall water conservation by catching and using the water that drains off your roof rather than letting it disappear into the ground or your town's drainage system.

Q. What are the advantages of a steel tank?
A.  The most important advantage of a steel tank is having Country Fire Authority approval for  fire risk areas. The corrugated profile with Colorbond® finish blends with both  modern and traditional architecture.   Camden Haven Tanks are machine riveted using Henrob riveting system for strength and smooth finish.

Q.  What warranty comes with the tanks and how long should they last?
A.  Bluescope Steel®  has a 20 year Aquaplate®  steel replacement warranty against corrosion.  Double sided Aquaplate®  bottoms are used to prevent corrosion.

Q.  What shapes and sizes are available?
A.  Traditional round shapes are available from 450 litres to 22,000 litres. Slimline shapes available from 450 litres to 8,825 litres capacity. Combinations of height, length and width can be manufactured to suit your site.

Q.  What colours are available?
A.  Colorbond®  - Paperbark®.  Matching tops are fitted to tanks.

Q. What size tank do I need?
A.  An adequate collection area is important for tank filling. A roof area of 100 sq metres should yield 100 litres for every 1mm of rain.

Building codes specify a minimum requirement in urban areas, however it is beneficial to store as much water as possible.  Larger tanks are cheaper per litre stored. The size of your tank depends on rainfall, roof area, acceptable level of security in case tanks run dry, and demand. Water requirements obviously vary with the number of people drawing on the water and the activities undertaken. The following table, taken from the web site www.totallygreenplumbing.com.au gives you an idea of how much water can be used in common household activities.

Toilet flush - single cistern 10 litres
Toilet flush - dual single flush 5 litres
Shower (10 minutes) 200 litres
Dishwasher load 50 litres
Washing machine load 150 litres
Drinking, cooking, cleaning per person per day 10 litres
Hand basin per use 5 litres
Car washing with hose 200 litres
Garden sprinkler per hour 1,000 litres

Q Where should I put a tank?
A. Your tank needs to be in a position where runoff water can drain into it, preferably up against a wall or close to the roof from which it will receive water.

Q.  Can I select positions for the fittings on a tank and add extra fittings – eg. Storz, if required?
A. Tank fittings are installed to customer specifications at our factory, or on site.  Storz fittings for Bush Fire requirements are available.

Q.  Who will deliver my tank?
A. Camden Haven Tanks will provide free delivery in the Forster-Tuncurry, Gloucester, Taree, Port-Macquarie/Hastings, Kempsey and Nambucca local government areas. 

Q.  Who will install my tank?
A.  A licensed plumber is required if water is to be plumbed into your house eg. laundry, toilet. Please enquire from us for an installation guide.

Q. How do I maintain my tank?
A. Proper maintenance of the tank, catchment system, roof, gutters and inlet is essential to ensure a safe water supply. Keep roof catchments and gutters clear of debris; clean all screens regularly; de-sludge every 2-3 years. Keep soil and vegetation from Colorbond® walls of tank. A concrete base is best however, if the tank is supported by a gravel base, the overflow should be directed away from the base to prevent it from being undermined. It is important that the tank's support base is firm and stable so check your gravel base regularly and repair if necessary. More information

Q. How can I protect the quality of the water in my tank?
A. There are a number of things you should do including the following: More information

  1. The inlet screen may be covered to prevent light reaching the water and causing algae growth
  2. Make sure all access points are sealed and use a mesh cover and strainer on the inlet and overflow to keep out vegetative matter and insects
  3. Use a first flush diverter to prevent the first portion of run-off from entering the tank
  4. Follow the maintenance instructions that come with your tank. Most importantly keep the inlet screen clean.
  5. Keep the catchment (roof) clean and avoid contaminents such as lead-based paints and pesticide-treated timbers
  6. Treat water if necessary

Q. Is water safe to drink from Aquaplate® tanks?
A. Aquaplate® tanks are suitable to hold drinking water, however the cleanliness of the roof, guttering, and debris from trees, factories etc., must be taken into consideration.  Gutterguard, first flush diverters and filters will improve water quality.  Mesh screens are included with your tank.  It is best to access drinking water from a higher point in the tank.  An additional outlet and tap may be fitted for this purpose.

Q.How do I fill my tank if it runs dry?
A. Rainwater can be supplemented by water from rivers, dams and bores but will need to be treated to maintain water quality. Water can also be purchased from a water carrier - make sure you are supplied with clean water from a clean tank. If mains water is available, a Mains Connection Kit may be fitted to automatically supplement water supply, when low.

Q. Where can I purchase an Aquaplate® tank?
A. Tanks can be purchased direct from our factory by contacting Camden Haven Tanks Phone/ Fax 02 6585 7170 or 02 6559 7421 (ah) or Email: camdenhaventanks@hotmail.com .

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