If you live in a rural area you may have your own private water supply. This could be a rainwater tank connected to your roof or a tank connected to a nearby stream, bore or well.
Water Tank Cleaning
Cleaning your water tank should generally be limited to removing sediments, leaf litter or other material such as insects and animals from the bottom of the tank that may have accumulated in the tank.
Bacteria carrying sediment may build up in the down pipes which means your water tank needs regular cleaning and maintenance to help prevent blockages and ensure maximum flow of clean water to your tank.
Tanks should be inspected annually and cleaned if necessary. Safe water is vital for the good health of you, your family, friends and visitors.
Our specialist equipment removes sludge from your tank. Regular maintenance helps stop blockage of pipes and pump systems and helps ensure the purity of your drinking water supply.
Call our office today free on 0800 800 594 to find out more about our tank cleaning services.
Possible Health Risks
Your private drinking water supply can become contaminated with harmful microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria and parasites. This contamination generally comes from human or animal faeces.
Rainwater tanks may be contaminated with harmful microorganisms from animal droppings on roofs, or from leaking septic tanks and wastewater drainage if you have an underground tank. Septic tanks and wastewater drainage can also contaminate bores.
Water in irrigation channels and streams is likely to be contaminated with microorganisms from farmyard runoff and drains, making it generally unsuitable for drinking unless it is properly treated.
Known as pathogens, harmful microorganisms are not visible to the naked eye and may even be present in water that appears to be clear.
Chemical contaminants can also pose a health risk, although they are usually less common than microbiological contaminants. Things to be aware of include:
- Soil from old industrial, mining or agricultural areas may contain arsenic, heavy metals, pesticide residues or other chemicals. If dust is blown onto your roof and is washed into your rainwater tank, chemical residues can build up in the water.
- Crop dusting can result in agriculture chemicals entering rainwater tanks. Agricultural chemicals may also drift or be washed into irrigation channels, streams and drains.
- Harmful smoky residues from solid wood heaters can condense near flues on your roof.
- Particles from lead-based paints or flashing on older roofs and gutters can be washed into rainwater tanks.
- Runoff from roofs in urban or industrial areas can contain chemical pollutants from the air.
- Groundwater may contain elevated levels of substances such as arsenic and nitrates.
If your water comes from a water collection tank, it is up to you to keep your water safe.
Tank Cleaning Process
At Waste Away South we don’t take chances when it comes to your families health. Due to this we will never use any harsh chemicals or solvents that could soak into the walls of your tank and slowly leak out.