Aug 13

Mosquitoes can make your water tank into a disease breeding ground!

However with modern, well maintained tanks that have been installed correctly and to Australian standard this can be prevented. According to the Australian Rainwater Industry Development Group (ARID), today’s high quality, modern tanks ensures that even people who live in the tropics can enjoy the benefits of home rainwater storage without the fear of mosquito infestation.

Modern Slimline Tank

Modern Slimline Tank

The key is ensuring your tank is well maintained and installed by a professional plumber. The current anti-mozzie Australian standards includes:

- Mosquito proof screens no larger than 1mm on all outlets, overflows and other openings.

- All lids, covers and inlet downpipes must be close fitted to ensure mosquitoes can not enter the tank.

- The water must be inspected at regular intervals.

For extra peace of mind, there are even treatments available that can be added to your rainwater to alter the surface-tension of the water preventing mosquitos from landing and laying their eggs and killing any larvae that may be present.

ARID recommends anyone with old watertanks contact a professional plumber immediately to quote on a solution to mosquito proof or upgrade to a modern tank.

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