Many people dream of up upping sticks and relocating to the countryside or rural locations with nothing but bird song for company. As with most dreams there are many practical considerations that need to be taken into account with such a way of life, one of the biggest being access to fresh drinking water.
If this sounds like something you’ve ever considered or already own a property in a remote location, read on to find out the most common and effective ways of accessing usable water.
You will usually find that sparsely habited areas across Australia rarely have access to a mains water supply. This is because there is little point in undertaking such large infrastructure projects that are likely to benefit few people.
This means that the clean water supply you take for granted which is sourced from a reservoir nearby and delivered directly to your taps is going to be a thing of the past.
The most common and cost effective method of providing your own water is the provision of a rainwater harvesting system.
Essentially rainwater is collected from your roof and then deposited into a large onsite water storage tank for later use. The number and size of tanks you will require will depend on your usage profile as well as likely rainfall in your area. If you happen to be in Victoria, it isn’t common to receive over 1000mm of rainfall a year making collecting enough water for the average home more than possible.
After purchasing a water storage tank you may even find yourself eligible for a rebate of some of its cost. We suggest speaking to your local authority to see whether a water tank rebate in VIC is a possibility. These rebate schemes are often periodic so it’s best to check often.
Utilising Nearby Watercourses
For those of you running farms in rural locations, you will likely need access to a larger supply of water.
In this instance, you could seek the use of a nearby creek which will provide you the opportunity of pumping water from it and onto your land and property.
This option will be considerably more expensive as you will need a storage tank in addition to the equipment required to pump water from any large body of water. Also take into account the greater filtration requirements if using this water supply for drinking which are over and above what would be required for harvested rainwater.
You do also need to consider whether any creek or lake usually dries up over Summer making it redundant.
Your final option is utilising the presence of ground water as your main water supply.
This will require the drilling of boreholes which may require a license for both the drilling and subsequent use of each borehole.
A water tank will still be required as will the ability to filter the water to make it safe for drinking.
Which Is Right for You?
Our preferred solution for the average holiday retreat or permanent residence is the simple rainwater harvesting system for its ease of use and maintenance in the event of malfunction.
Whichever option you choose, make sure you seek advice on the legalities of the solution and whether it is sustainable for year round consumption.