I can recommend the Tank Vac for getting rid of sediment from the bottom of the water tank every time it overflows. It is a simple and inexpensive fitting that uses no power, and not only overflows the tank from the bottom, but creates a surge so that the sediment is sucked away. People who install it have found they can always see the bottom of their tank clearly as it is so effective.
All of our house water comes from rain water tanks. The pump is located at the end of the garage, which is about 10 metres from house. We never hear it from inside of house.
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Our house was built 4 years ago, and it was DA requirement to have the rainwater tank connected to the toilets and washing machines. I also had reserves at the time. But there is no noise and water quality is fine !
jojoe, it may be possible to have your rainwater tank elevated above the height of the toilet water tanks so they are gravity fed to flush toilets. I have seen this on properties, but have no firsthand experience. In this case, no pump needed.
We had to do this as well. I cannot hear the electric pump, but drives our neighbours crazy. I think we will just turn the pump off, use mains water for the toilets, and just turn the pump back on when I need to top up the pool form the outside taps which are also supplied by the pump.
I have one of these, no pump noise ever noticed! It will depend on its location - hopefully the install team can come up with a good solution to keep the device as isolated as possible to avoid disturbance to you and neighbours as ours has successfully done.
Yes! I agree with Jo - better to spend the money on a quality product that can have parts easily replaced and easy to get serviced to ensure longevity. No one has time to worry about flushing toilets.
Plumbers like tanks connected to toilets. In my area you'll get about 2 years before the sediment wears the flush parts out..... Use a good filter don't rely on the RWT first flush only....
That's interesting you mention 2 years and flush parts start to wear out; I've just been noticing one of our toilets is suddenly flushing a little strangely - we just hit the two-year mark! We do have a filter too.
Thanks, Jo, I'll have to check where the pipe outlet is located.