Tank Water Supply
The condition of tanks and the quality of water are important factors to consider when purchasing a property without a mains water supply. Regulations for potable water have changed over time to provide protection of your family. Rainwater can contain harmful bacteria such as E-Coli, Giardia, Salmonella, Campylobacter and Cryptosporidium which can easily be transferred through animal faecal matter from birds, possums and vermin that may come into contact with the rainwater supply i.e. water being washed off the roof and gutters into tanks. Older systems may not offer the same health requirements / protection of newer installations.
A Pre Purchase Building inspection to the Australian Standard may not cover identification of plumbing / septic systems or defective tanks.
When purchasing a property with rainwater / tank supply it is essential to have a specialist confirm the quality of water and operation of first flush installations, filters or specialist treatment systems to ensure the future health of your family prior to using or consuming tank water.
Coastal Home & Building Inspections will provide specialist referrals for plumbing inspections and identify any damage to systems where visible to ensure your health / safety when purchasing your new property.