How to prepare for Australia’s summer storm season
With many parts of Australia facing damaging tropical storms with intense rain periods, followed by prolonged dry spells, RainPacTM, Flexitank’s rainwater collection solution, could be the difference for home owners to maintain their outdoor areas and also ensure a readily accessible supply of water should summer heatwaves lead to bushfire emergencies.
Tom Saunders, Sky Weather’s Chief Meteorologist recently noted that Australia is facing potentially the strongest El Nino on record which will set the backdrop for a sizzling summer of heatwaves, bushfires, severe thunderstorms and tropical cyclones:
"El Nino is the global climate pattern which has historically caused some of Australia’s most devastating bushfires, droughts and heatwaves. The Severe Weather Outlook 2015/2016 is indicating no end in sight with the season set to feature above average temperatures across most of the country with a heightened risk of heatwaves, bushfires and prolonged drought conditions.
Tropical cyclones and severe thunderstorms will also re-appear this season although unfortunately for farming areas affected by the Queensland drought, the prospects for a wet summer are low across much of northern Australia and along the eastern seaboard."
The ongoing El Nino cycle should ensure rainfall remains below average over much of northern and eastern Australia, particularly during the first half of the severe weather season. RainPac ensures any scarce rainfall is collected in its entirety and can be used for multiple purposes at a later date, including emergency access for bush fires.
Advantages of Rainwater Harvesting
1. Using rainwater better utilises a natural resource. Drinking water is not easily renewable and it helps in reducing wastage.
2. Rainwater is free from many chemicals found in ground water, making it suitable for irrigation and watering gardens. Harvested water is a great idea for property owners in bushfire prone areas who may need an emergency supply of water to combat bush fires.
3. Rainwater can be used for several non-drinking functions including flushing toilets, washing clothes, watering the garden, washing cars.
Benefits of installing RainPacTM
RainPacTM rainwater bladder tank harvesting systems are the perfect solution for rainwater storage.
- Unlike fixed, rigid water tanks, RainPacTM can be installed in otherwise unused space: under houses, buildings, and decks;
- RainPacTM offer 18 standard sizes to suit a majority of installation requirements throughout Australia. If we don’t have a standard size that suits your requirements, Flexitank will happily provide a made to order solution (at no extra charge!) to ensure you get a perfect fit;
- 100% Australian made by Flexitank (Australia), RainPac is manufactured using the highest quality fabric and fittings, offering the peace of mind of a successful, elegant product offering; and,
- In a bushfire emergency, because of the collapsible nature of RainPacTM, the system is less susceptible to melting or burning until the stored water has been used. This is a very important feature of our system and was one of the highlighted issues with rigid plastic tanks in the investigations into the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires of 2009.
The summer storm season is upon us. FloatPac’s commitment to clients includes developing products that exceed performance in a multitude of environments RainPacTM is one such product that performs exceptionally and saves both the environment and customer’s money.
If RainPacTM is not a suitable option, we also manufacture pillow tanks and onion tanks which can be used for temporary water storage during the summer months to ensure your gardens remain alive and, in worst case scenarios, provide additional water storage for firefighting.
Contact us to discover how quickly a RainPacTM can be installed to save a precious natural resource and protect your home, family and gardens.