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I love my mother-in-law but I never planned on living with her permanently. I have been enjoying her living with us now that we have kids but I feel like we all need some extra space so I am getting a granny flat built at the back of our block. This should allow us to have some extra space to make sure everyone has the privacy that they need whilst we can still be a family. This block has some tip on the process of building a granny flat including how to choose a contractor and how to get the council approval for the build.


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How Do You Choose the Perfect Type of Rainwater Harvesting Pump?

by Chloe Cooper

When making arrangements to install a rainwater harvesting system, you need to pay particular attention to the pumping mechanism. What are some of the crucial points to remember?

First Things First

A rainwater tank can be surface mounted or hidden underground. It may be placed adjacent to your property or situated quite a distance away, and all of these factors will need to be carefully considered before you buy the right pump. Also, you will need to determine how you want to use the rainwater. Some people are happy to use it for irrigation purposes, while others want it to provide all the water for their house supply. While this will certainly affect the tank size you get, it'll also definitely be of interest when you choose the pump itself.

Determining Your Needs

If you have a significant need, you must estimate carefully before proceeding. For example, how many people need to shower in the morning before going off to school or work? Do you typically run the washing machine first thing in the morning as well? If all of these devices are operating simultaneously, your pump must be able to cope with the demand. The pump type will be determined by its "flow rate", and you may also need a pump that has an automatic pressure regulator. Don't forget that if your tank is going to be subterranean, your pump will need to deal with the elevation change.

Other Elements to Consider

If you want to position the pump higher than the water source or have a particularly complex piping system along the way, you may need to buy a self-priming pressure pump. This will ensure that you get water as soon as you turn on the taps on your property and that there is never an unwanted delay in the interim.

Also, you may need to consider buying a variable speed pump. The motor will adjust as you open or shut taps to give you constant pressure.

Switching over to the Mains

Finally, think about getting a pump that will sense if the tank is getting empty before switching you over to the mains supply. It will simply open or close a valve, which will help you avoid the unwanted scenario where water runs out in the middle of your shower.

Making a Choice

As you can see, there are many elements to consider before choosing your water pump. Talk with a supplier for more information about water pumps like Davey pumps