Water conservation systems: rain water tanks or grey water recycling?

So you’ve decided to install a water conservation system at your home or business; now you need to decide what type of water system would best suit your circumstances: rain water tanks or grey water recycling?

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The short answer would be both!  However, certain buildings and situations will be more suited to rainwater harvesting tanks than grey water systems and vice versa.  A block of flats may require a communal collaboration – some rainwater can be harvested from the top of the building and grey water (bath/shower water, basin water) can certainly be recycled (probably the easiest, least complicated form of gray water recycling is to use it for garden/lawn/landscape irrigation.  Although communal water conservation systems may be more difficult to organises, any sceptics should soon see the benefits when the building’s water bills start falling.

Many private homes are suited to both rain water tank installation as well as greywater systems.  However, thatched rooftops are unsuitable surfaces for collecting rainwater so this is a case where a grey water system, such as a grey water irrigation installation, will be the option to choose.

Business buildings may not produce much greywater (from showers or baths) so in this case, a few rain water tanks would probably be the best choice.  Business buildings (especially warehouses and factories) often have iron rooftops – the best rainwater collection surface.  The large surface area of these roofs is conducive to collecting vast quantities of rainwater – a series of 10000 litre water tanks, 15000 litre water tanks or even 20000 litre water tanks could be installed along the building walls.  The rainwater could be used for industrial processes, saving a business significant amounts off water bills as well as improving the ‘green’ status of the business – important in these days of eco-conscious consumers.

Rainwater harvesting tanks and greywater recycling really go hand in hand and, if possible, both water systems should be installed.

At the heart of most water conservation systems is a water tank or a series of water tanks.  In South Africa, we recommend water tanks, rainwater tanks, tank stands and other high quality products made by JoJo Tanks.

JoJo Tanks South Africa offer a wide range of products such as plastic water tanks and chemical tanks to suit every household, business or agricultural need, including silo tanks and silo tank stands as well as other high quality JoJo Tanks products.  See JoJo Tanks’ VERTICAL TANKS, HORIZONTAL TANKS (transporter tanks), STEEL TANK STANDS and OTHER JOJO PRODUCTS and see JoJo Tanks’ NEW 6000 LITRE UNDERGROUND TANKS. Also see our FAQ and WATER TANK PRICES.

JoJo’s superior polyethylene plastic water tanks and steel water tank stands make JoJo Tanks the leaders in plastic water tank technology and the quality, affordability and 5-year guarantee on these water tanks make JoJo products one of the best choices in South Africa.  *All JoJo Tanks polyethylene tanks and products now carry a 8 year warranty (on tanks purchased on or after 1 July 2013)*  JoJo’s water tanks and chemical tanks come standard with a number of features that are often lacking on cheaper/inferior plastic tanks made by other companies in South Africa.

We are authorised JoJo Tanks dealers in South Africa and dispatch orders directly from JoJo Tank depots to save on transport costs. Full range of JoJo Tanks products and JoJo water tanks for sale.  CONTACT US for a quote on the right JoJo water tank or other JoJo product for you.  Special discounts are available on multiple orders of chemical tanks and water tanks and to our commercial and government customers. We can usually delivery tanks and tank stands free of charge to business/commercial addresses in South Africa.


(15000 litre and 20000 litre JoJo vertical water tanks & chemical tanks are available on order directly from JoJo Tanks’ main factory)

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